The truly great teachers, coaches, and role models in our lives obtain our total commitment to do our best because we sense that their demanding standards are based upon the fact that they really care about our development as people. The respect and sense of worth that is shown toward us through a coach or a teacher, who cares enough about us to demand our very best effort, will often inspire us to perform at our highest level for a lifetime.
Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus is telling us here that He has the winning play-book, and that He is the Championship Coach. Only God knows what it takes to have godly character. If we will join the team, and not quit, God will set up a tough spiritual training program for us. God does this because He cares about us. Like an inspiring college professor, a demanding high school athletic coach, or a respected parent, we will find ourselves wanting to please God and get His approval in everything we do.
That is the greatness of Jesus Christ. He inspires a life-long commitment to excellence in the course of our life. God takes people like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul, and transforms them into people with spiritual character and power in the areas of life that really matter. Abraham becomes the father of faith, Joseph leads the nation of Egypt through seven years of famine, David becomes a godly king, and Paul evangelizes the Mediterranean world. These are the world-class results when God is our coach and we submit ourselves to His program of spiritual conditioning and training.