On the surface, it may be hard to tell the difference between a champion and a chump. Appearances may be deceiving, misleading even the most sophisticated individual. While time will reveal winners from losers, the prophet Samuel introduces a measuring stick to decipher one from the other.
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD‘s anointed stands here before the LORD.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart,” 1 Samuel 16:6-7.
From a logical stand point, you can’t open a window to observe someone’s heart. However, Jesus encourages people to listen what people say. A first century doctor adds to this concept, claiming words are derived from the overflow of the heart. While talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words. A close observation to actions, behavior and vocabulary will distinguish champs from chumps.
“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them,” Matthew 15:17-18.
Unfortunately, modern champs, especially in the context of sports often talk too much. Thus, someone may be a champ, but also a chump, with little or no character. This current trend makes it tough to ascertain a champion of the faith. Trials can radically change individuals, resulting in emotional outbursts. Therefore, if you need to recognize a genuine champ from an imposter, perseverance and maturity will lead the way. Emulate the qualities of Christ in this life and you too can become a champion of the faith.
by Jay Mankus