No great company sets a goal to slide into mediocrity. No newlyweds, madly in-love, plan to divorce down the road. No fit, muscular athlete figures how to put on a hundred pounds ... in the next few years. No neighborhood holds a meeting to outline steps toward a rundown community. No committed, vibrant Christian dreams of a day when he or she will reject and curse and simply walk away from God, living a life of joyless compromise.
- Jose Barreda
One of the reasons we "train wisely" and pursue discipline is because our story contains The Slide. We live in a slidden world. Small, incremental slips(not spectacular sins) hold us captive. We die the death by a thousand cuts. I mean, kinda.
We believe in the gospel and rely on the Saviour. Though we are dying, held, slipping and sliding, we are solid and stable and free and alive. We pursue discipline, not out of desperation, but as a strategy.
Reading Proverbs 6 highlights this. A little sleep, a little slumber and poverty will come on your like an armed man. Constant vigilance is necessary. But how do we reconcile this with constant grace, constant providence, constant security in Christ?
Does our status in Christ remove our need for "training wisely" in order to prevent The Slide?