Athletes who compete in the Olympics are considered the best in the world. It’s never in doubt that those involved are quality. As Christians, we are spiritual athletes. Although we shouldn’t compete with each other, we do strive to successfully finish the race (2 Tim. 4:7). A successful race for Christians means walking in everything God has for us. So, what about you? Do you want to live in all God has for you? The next question is, then, how hungry are you?
The Bible’s many spiritual athletes strove for the best. Jacob wrestled with an angel for a blessing (Gen. 32:22-28). Hannah wept, asking God for a son (1 Sam. 1:1-20). The 120 people who remained in the Upper Room were the ones who pushed through to Pentecost. Could there have been more, ones who grew impatient and left before receiving the promise? Even Paul wrote,
“I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14, Amplified Bible).
Thank God that under the New Covenant, living in God’s best has to do with manifesting what Jesus already did for us. But we still have a choice. We can choose whether or not to walk that out. In Andrew Wommack’s new teaching, Living in God’s Best, he says,
“You need to learn how to receive what has already been provided. That’s huge. It is so much easier to release something that you’ve got than it is to go get something that you don’t have…. This is a major mindset difference.”
Andrew shares more from this teaching about the most important heart attitude to have so you can live in God’s best:
“So, what [2 Chron. 16:9] is talking about is that God is looking for somebody who is just so hungry, so committed to God that He can show himself strong in [their] behalf. Man, that’s important. You’ve got to really desire the things of God. Another way of saying this is, as long as you can live without God’s best, you will. As long as you can live an inferior life, you will. But when you reach a place that, ‘God, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired; I’m sick and tired of living like this. There’s got to be something more than what I’ve experienced,’ when [you get] that attitude, man, the eyes of the Lord stop right there. He’s looking for somebody with that attitude.”
You could have an okay life. You could even have a life that’s better than most. But for many of you who are like Jacob, Hannah, and Paul, you wouldn’t really be happy until you had God’s best. A hunger like that never goes away until it is completely satisfied.