“The National Football League” – “The NFL”. Of all the professional sports played, my favorite is professional football. Well, I also love Curling, but that’s another story. I have been a fan of pro football for as far back as I can remember. I played intramural football in grade school and around the local neighborhoods. I was very small while attending school so I did not participate in football in either Jr. High School or Sr. High School. But that did not deter me. Sunday afternoons were spent watching the NFL on television.
I guess you can say that I became a student of the game. I was interested in intricacies of the game. I wanted to learn both offensive and defensive strategies. I understand the situations and play calling. I was into everything. I read a lot and studied my favorite teams. I watch the NFL Draft every year. I look at trades between the teams. I am a FAN.
One thing I have learned is that the entire game of football can be expressed in taking advantage of every moment you get to move forward. The whole objective of the game is to score points. In order to do that you have to seize every moment that would produce points. I’ve come to understand that as a team practices for the upcoming game, they go over everything that they need to have an advantage over their opponent. They even go over what is called “the fundamentals”. Those include blocking, tackling, running, catching passes, returning kicks, etc. They also study play books and look at film. You might say that this is enough, but many times it is not. It all lies in the minds of the players. Are they aware of what is happening on the field? Do the really know what their opponent will do in every situation. Good teams, playoff teams know their opponent that well. Seizing every opportunity is key to success. Their ears and eyes must be attentive to what is going on.
Jesus Christ gave us very important instructions to seize opportunities that He lays before us. Jesus said, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17 ESV) This was Jesus mission. He said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10 ESV) Jesus was obedient to the end to reach those who were destined to die in their sins. He looked and moved with one thought in mind. This gospel that He was teaching must be shared to the entire world. His plan would give everyone who believed the best opportunity to win. The Bible says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15 ESV) For this is known, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV) Here in lies the absolute truth. If we set our ears and eyes on Jesus Christ, we will always win. Defeat is not a part of those who believe.
We must seize every opportunity to share the gospel with a dying and lost world. It is our command. It is spoken in the Word of God and is the absolute and unchangeable truth. The question is are we focused on ourselves or are we ready to take hold of the utmost prize. No football game victory. No Super Bowl win can compare to what is in store for those who believe. The Apostle Paul said this, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 ESV) The game plan you need to have is Jesus. He is all you need. Victory in Jesus, on-time every time. You just need to believe. It’s that simple.
Friend, you may not have thought about the intricacies of the sport of football. And that’s OK. Really there are a lot more things to focus your mind on. But let me tell you this. There is nothing more important than a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior. I made the choice to follow Jesus and his plan for my life in 1999. Since then my life, my focus, my priorities have changed. Has it been easy? No. Every day I have to pray for Jesus to give me the necessary steps to take to glorify Him with my life. If you have never made the step to believe and trust in Jesus, you can do that if you want. You can simply talk to Jesus and He will listen. You can then be on the everlasting winning team. Pray this little prayer. It’s not the prayer that matters. It’s your heart and acceptance of Jesus that saves you.
Lord, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I have made mistakes in my life. I’m told that if I confess these sins to You and repent from them that I can be saved. Lord, forgive me of my sins. Every one of them and I believe that you came to earth, was crucified, and died. And you rose from the grave to defeat sin and death. I believe this. I confess this. I receive Your saving grace. I am now saved. Thank You Lord. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Glory to God!!! Another child of God welcomed into the Family of God. If you prayed and believed, it’s important for you to be fed daily with the love of Christ and the promises of His Word. Find a local church to attend. Talk to the Pastor and tell him that you are saved and want to know more. I am sure he will be excited to walk with you on your journey to eternal life. God bless you friend. I will be praying for you.
Don’t believe me. Believe God!