A group of guys meets together on Monday nights in a shop with a big-screen TV on the wall, a cooler full of soda, carbonated water, water, and coffee, as well as fried chicken, pizza, barbecued tri-tip, chips, and candy. We do a lot of talking, fellowshipping, eating, and we watch some football as well. I enjoy watching football with friends, and I especially enjoy the camaraderie.
Neither the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Chicago Bears are in my top ten favorite NFL teams so I wasn’t watching very attentively, and at the end of the third quarter everyone went home because Pittsburgh was ahead 20 to 6, and the Bears were playing awful! Boring!
When I walked into my house Thomas had the game on and before I looked at the score I said something about the boring game, and he said, “it isn’t boring now. “ I looked at the score and could hardly believe my eyes. In the 17 minute drive back to my house the Bears scored 21 unanswered points and were in the lead! Pittsburgh kicked a field goal with 2 minutes left and won the game by 2 points, but not before Chicago tried a 65-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the game.
A lot of effort, time, planning, and money go into winning football games. Winning is fun. My kids played sports all through Junior High, High school, and College, and Patty and I missed very few of their games over 20 years, and we would yell and scream and pray that they would win.
The Bible talks about winning in life and uses sports as an illustration;
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
Hebrews 12:1 let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
For us as Christians, winning isn’t beating someone, it is finishing the race well, having followed Jesus faithfully, having served Him well, bearing much fruit, growing in our character, and glorifying Him with our life.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day;
We will all stand before Jesus at the end of our life and give an accounting of our life. Some will receive many rewards and crowns and some will receive nothing.
Many believers are like the Chicago Bears, it is getting close to the end of the game, and it is time to start thinking seriously about winning.
By the way, you are invited to watch football with me on Monday nights.