DO YOU WANT BIG GAINS? Then follow a heavy weight. In 2019, my son gained 35 pounds of muscle over a period of 6-8 months. How? He found the biggest guy in the gym and followed him, doing whatever he was told. It started out only supposed to be a week of training, but Gabe asked if he could continually train with him in order to learn more.

While training, Gabe asked him questions about nutrition and weight lifting. Wisdom. Want to be a spiritual heavyweight? Find someone whose faith you can follow, who has good fruit in their life, whose actions line up with their words, who does what they say they will do, who loves and obeys God’s Word; then do everything they tell you to do.

“Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.” Hebrews‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭Paul told Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (I Tim‬ ‭4:12‬) Paul says, “be an example”.

The Greek word translated “example” is tupos, meaning “model, image, ideal, pattern”. In order for others to follow you, you must be a model of faithfulness, purity and perseverance in godly living. This is especially true for preachers, teachers, leaders. I can read some good books or even listen to some good preaching, but if I do not know you and I do not know the fruit of your life; I’m very careful of what I receive from you.

There are many celebrity preachers whose families are a mess and their lives do not display godliness. I do not listen to these guys. I do not follow them. In fact, I have nothing to do with them. They are not living a life worth emulating.

Pay attention: if the faith you or anyone else are living does not make you more holy, then it’s not the faith of the Bible. (1 Tim 6:3-5) The doctrine of Christianity is in accordance with godliness. THIS is wisdom. A spiritual heavyweight didn’t get where they are by accident. They didn’t sit around watching television and eating bon-bons. They’ve put in years of praying, fasting, learning from others, reading and studying the Word of God, attending church, crucifying their flesh, and the list goes on.

Find someone “whose faith you can follow”, a spiritual heavyweight. Make sure their life displays a pattern of perseverance in the faith, a life of holiness and obedience, in Spirit and in truth. Does this mean they don’t ever fail? No. It means when they do err, they are quick to repent and seek reconciliation.

Everyone wants to be Paul, but refuse to put in the work that Paul put in to discipline himself. Who are you following? Who are your companions in the faith? EXAMINE their fruit. Listen when you are reproved. Obey when given instructions in righteousness. Practice discipline and self-control and you will make big gains. #runyourrace

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