In 1976, Indiana University’s basketball team was undefeated throughout the regular season and captured the NCAA National Championship. Controversial and colorful coach Bobby Knight led them to that championship. Shortly afterwards, Coach Knight was interviewed on the television show “60 Minutes.” The commentator asked him, “Why is it, Bobby, that your basketball teams at Indiana are always so successful? Is it the will to succeed?”
“The will to succeed is important,” replied Bobby Knight, “but I’ll tell you what’s more important it’s the will to prepare. It’s the will to go out there every day training and building those muscles and sharpening those skills!” No wonder Bobby Knight was successful as a coach.
Another famous coach believed the same thing. “Hurry Up” Yost was the football coach at the University of Michigan. A player once assured Coach Yost that their team was sure to win on Saturday because the players had “the will to win.” “Hurry Up” Yost answered: “Don’t fool yourself. The will to win is not worth a plugged nickel unless you have the will to prepare.” That is true. Whether we are talking about sports, or education or science or business or any worthwhile endeavor in life, success goes to the person who has the will to prepare!
Most importantly, though, spiritual success comes to those who prepare. Do you remember how the five foolish virgins of Matthew 25 we unable to enter the marriage feast because they were unprepared? Are you preparing yourself for spiritual success? Are you preparing yourself for the coming of the Lord? Preparation can only come through an obedient study of the word of God (2 Tim. 2:15; Mat. 7:21). “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief: for ye are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober” (1 Thess. 5:5-6).
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