Celebrating Two Seasons (Christmas and Football)
· Who’s side, or what team are you rooting for? Since there are two real hot teams playing football tonight, I would like my favorite team to win, but if not, I won’t be a sore loser. After all, it’s just a game. I am not an avid sports fan, but it’s nothing wrong with whoever likes it, as long as it doesn’t take a Christian’s focus off Christ.
· Sports and games have played a big part in history for thousands of years. The apostle Paul compared a marathon runner to the race we run in Christ.
· How we finish, depends on what we will receive when we stand before Christ. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10).
· In the Christian realm all of us can be winners if we apply ourselves, it’s not just for certain people. Everybody who is born again is in a race, however we are not competing against each other, like the football teams or other sports. There are some who have favorite teams, but when it comes to the children of God, there is no favoritism.
Paul explained it like this
· Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
· Therefore, I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus, I fight not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
· These are things a natural sportsman and a spiritual sportsman have in common. They must discipline themselves. They strip off anything that will hinder them from winning.
Let’s remember to keep the right perspective during these two seasons. The best perspective is looking at it God’s way. Enjoy the game and enjoy this joyous season of celebrating the birth of Christ. Jesus had to be born so e could die for our sins.
Monday, going back to the “Apostate Church” in our time. This reveals who is being lifted up, leaders or Jesus.
~ Betty A. Burnett ~