2 Thessalonians 3:5
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Just as many things in life, golf success is dependent a golfer’s total performance in many areas. The golfer has to be able to keep the ball in play, get it close enough to the hole, and an ability to then putt the ball in the hole. Each facet is dependent upon the other. Any deficiency puts pressure on the other areas.
Paul gives us a great illustration as to the workings of the Trinity while speaking to comfort the church at Thessalonica. The Holy Spirit directs and guides the path of the believer toward to knowledge of the love of God. As we carry on this path, we draw nearer to our redemption by our Savior who has promised to return and gather His church.
Our present comfort is made possible by our knowing that He will soon return for His church. This comfort is dependent upon us placing our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We are often anxious or depressed when we lose sight of our ultimate salvation to come. The plan of the God are all perfect and leaves nothing to chance or need of speculation. As soon as we place our faith in Christ, we have the guarantee of His presence and a part in this ultimate redemption.
Each of works of the Heavenly Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit were vital to our redemption. In John 15:16, Jesus tells us that, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” It was God who chose us and sent His Son before we even knew we needed a Savior. The Holy Spirit convicted our heart before we could accept a Savior.
The words within Romans 10:14 contain more answered than questions. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Our belief was dependent upon His calling which depended upon the preaching of His Word. The Word itself speaks to us and affirms these truths, but is also proclaimed by “called” men of God who are tasked with proclaiming only this Word.
We, the redeemed, are tasked to be witnesses of this plan and give our testimony to a lost world. Let us take great heed to remember the seriousness of our commission. Golf is a means of recreation for most of us. However, the professional golfer Kevin Kisner reminds us “its not just a hobby” to someone who does it for a means of living. Our relationship with Christ is more than “just a hobby” – it’s the only means by which we have life!