It’s about to be a Super Sunday! We are hosting one of the largest sporting events in the world, and all eyes are on our great city of Minneapolis as two football teams compete to be the best.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for these teams, and it reminds me of what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:
“You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.” (MSG)
Professional football players have next season if they don’t succeed, but the Church doesn’t have time to waste.
There is an urgency in Paul’s words. We are called to run a race of hard work and passion, and our race isn’t for a trophy on earth but for “gold eternally.”
When we give our lives to follow Jesus we are choosing an eternal treasure over the world’s treasure.
As you watch the big game this weekend, know your stakes are higher. Christ has set before you a much greater race, and you have the opportunity to run and work hard so that God’s glory can be made known through you.
Look for more opportunities to show God’s love to people around you. Make more time in your life growing closer to Jesus. Allow him to use the moments of your life to create life in others.
No matter where you’re at in your relationship with Jesus, God sees more in you. God created you to do great things, so run the race to win.