Many of you already know the answer to this statement.
The first rule of Crossfit is always talk about Crossfit.
It seems as if my social media is regularly inundated with Crossfitters letting me know a new PR, AMRAP score or EMOM they just finished in their WOD which they RX’d. (See glossary below)
As someone who discovered the joy of Crossfitting at 5:30am with a crazy group of people who like to challenge themselves daily, I can understand the desire to let everyone know what you just accomplished! Besides, Crossfit helped me shed almost 40lbs, get in the best shape of my life, and be more productive.
I have no problems letting people know how Crossfit changed my life.
Shift gears with me, though.
As a Christian who leads a Baptist College in the Midwest, I continue to observe a very specific challenge. As Christians we claim to believe the most incredible truth of redemption from sin through the shed blood of Jesus! This transformative truth shapes every aspect of the Christian life, yet many Christians are almost silent about this identity in their life. You’d think that if my relationship with Jesus truly defined my life, I couldn’t stop talking about it.
Like a Crossfitter, I wouldn’t be quiet about the salvation I found.
Why don’t Christians share about Jesus? Some have suggested:
- We often reduce talking about Jesus to evangelistic presentations.
- We worry about what others will think.
- We are concerned that it might be alienating in our relationships.
- We know we lead a life that doesn’t match with what I claim on Sundays.
- We compartmentalize our beliefs so that they only apply while at church.
Here’s my challenge for you…
Just talk about Jesus.
Salt your conversation with things that God is doing in your life – what you are learning in your study of the Bible, how your relationship with Christ gives you confidence in hard times or even how God answered prayer.
This is not a cry for people to be “preachy,” but to be genuine, real and sincere. People know the difference. Your story of what God is doing in your life as you seek to follow Jesus is very powerful. If you consistently mention things that God does in your life in an authentic way, it’s amazing how many times you will have the opportunity to share the Gospel with co-workers, neighbors and friends.
Be who you are in Christ.
Perhaps we could propose a new rule… The first rule of being a follower of Christ is to talk about Jesus!
 Crossfit has its own lingo…
PR = Personal Record
AMRAP = As Many Rounds As Possible during a given time
EMOM = A movement performed Every Minute on the Minute
WOD = Workout of the Day
RX = A movement done at the prescribed weight and repetitions/duration