Monday, February 7, 2011

Even Better Than Winning the Super Bowl

I took the day off of work today and I have just sort of been taking it easy.  Being that today has been a light day, I will make today's message kind of short.  Today I want to just give some thoughts on the Super Bowl.  The Super Bowl is the game of games for any football fan or player.  It is what young children aspire to when they play football in a schoolyard and it is the goal of every player who puts on a uniform in the NFL.  It is the drive of every coach, owner, scout, and staff of every professional football team.  Players have ended their careers after finally winning one and players have given every last bit of football energy to try and make it to one but never making it.  And once a year, tens if not hundreds of millions of people from around the world watch it. For some it is the icing on the cake for a wonderful season for their favorite teams and others find a team to cheer for for just this one day.  One team leaves feeling as though all their hopes and dreams have come true and the other leaves in such misery that grown strong men are reduced to tears. 

There is an even bigger event in the lives of a Christian.  It is an event we will all get to, but few seem to work and train towards.  For us we have the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  It is our entrance into eternity.  It is the culmination of our lives on earth where good works will be rewarded and empty works will be burned.  What we do on earth determines what rewards or lack thereof we will receive in eternity.  For us, we may not have a good part of the entire world watching, but the entire host of heaven will be in attendance.  There will be countless angels and other Heavenly creatures heralding our arrival into our eternity with our Lord and they are all our fans.  We may have have yesterday's pop star singing a bad and error-laden anthem to begin our time in eternity, but we will join the entire heavenly host of angels into song.  We may not receive a trophy, but we will receive our crowns.  We do not get a ring, but we do get our Husband.   The event will are into is by invitation only, but anyone can ask to be invited. 

If we get more excited about a football game then we do about eternity then there is something wrong with us.  We should, like every football player, train ourselves up for that day.  We need to discipline ourselves, flee from all forms of unrighteousness, live in constant fellowship with our Lord, and we need to learn and study the Bible which is our playbook.  Paul likens our time on earth to athletics.  Let's close with his words and let them settle in our hearts to set our eyes upon our eternal price and get excited about what is to come!
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 NKJV

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