COLLEGE FOOTBALL and CHRISTIAN FAITHFULNESS
All real fans know that following College Football in this country (especially in the SEC) is a lot of fun. I have been a serious fan since I was a teenager and I still am. I really enjoy pulling for my team, writing poems and blogs about them, kidding with my family and friends on the opposing teams, and the other things that go along with being a fan.
But sports mean absolutely nothing to believers when it comes to what we live for. When compared to what has real meaning in our lives all sports could cease to exist and our reason for living would not change one bit. We are Christians. This means that for us “to live is CHRIST” (Phil. 1:21). He is the only real focus we have in this life and pleasing Him is all that really matters. Everything that happens (good/bad; wins/loses) fade totally out of existence when compared to our “life in Him” and what He has done and will do in our lives. Those in our world who are overly affected in a negative way by anything that happens on this planet in sports do not know the Jesus we know or else they have not paid enough attention to what He has taught us. As believers our only real focus is on spiritual things and the spiritual blessing we have in Christ (Eph. 1:3). The “one thing” that we do is press for the goal He has made available for us (Phil. 3:13-14). Everything else is viewed and faced in light of our Lord and His purpose for our lives.
It is easy for those who don’t know Jesus to get so “caught up” in the things of this life and be so obsessed by them that their real joy, peace and contentment is decided by what happens in the world of football and sports. But the only real game that is actually important to us is the spiritual game of life (1 Cor. 9:24-27) and that game has already been won. The final score has already been posted and we are looking forward to the victory celebration. (Read the book of Revelation). We are members of a victorious team…a team of believers who are more than conquers over all opponents through Him that loves us (Rom. 8:37). This victory that overcomes the world is our faith and is possessed by us all in various degrees (1 John 5:4).
If we ever allow any sporting event or team to cause us to insult, humiliate, mistreat, hurt, say hateful things to, have hateful feeling toward, or wish bad things to happen to others, then we should pray that God will help us cut it completely out of our lives forever (Matt. 5:29-30). We have a life and we don’t have to “get a life.” Our life is in Jesus and our real/main focus is on things above (spiritual things), and not on things on the earth especially such things as sporting events, politics, etc. This does not mean that we are not involved in or enjoy some of these things; it simply means that these things are viewed in light of our relationship with Jesus. Being a Christian helps us to see sports and other earthly matters from the proper perspective and keep them in their proper place in our lives.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-3, NKJV).
Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).