The Christian life is one of total, sold-out commitment to God and Jesus Christ. Salvation is a free gift â€“ an act of grace. But, the natural response to that salvation is one of complete and total surrender to the ways of God. This requires a discipline that is essential for spiritual growth. Paul described this process, comparing it to the hard work of an athlete preparing to run a race. There are three ways we can stay fully committed to God: (1) Practice showing up; (2) Train your mind; and, (3) practice submitting to Godâ€™s Word.