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Basic Devotion: August 16

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold fast to my teaching, you are truly my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'” – John 8:31-32

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For an athlete to reach their full potential, they must first master the basics. In baseball, this means hitting, catching and throwing. When a baseball player dedicates time to these three areas, he will experience greater success. As I was told years ago, “Without work, nothing prospers.”

Spiritual success is rooted in mastering the basics of the Christian faith. Here are three of my basics for spiritual growth:

1) Fundamental Truth “Jesus said knowing the truth will set you free. When you know the truths of Scripture, it’s more than just quoting Bible verses. Biblical knowledge implies that you must learn it and apply it.

2) Basic life — Apply biblical truth to the daily details of life. Be a good father or a good mother, a good husband or a good wife, a good son or a good daughter, a good employee, a good supervisor, a good pupil or a good citizen. The list is lengthened increasingly. Being a great athlete does not allow you to deal with life’s problems.

3) Basic Ministry — Sharing the Good News of the Gospel and serving others. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Every born-again believer is an “ambassador for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

It’s time to get back to basics!

— Sam Johnson, San Antonio Spurs chaplain

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