Fall is in the air and football is in full force. For some of us our favorite college team brings nothing but frustration and for others of
As a huge University of Kentucky fan, I love that Kentucky finally has a decent football team….although if I’m honest, they made Mizzou’s terrible team look like a pro team this past Saturday. One of the things that
In football, the “play not to lose” strategy looks like this…..we’ll get the lead in the first half of the game, then we’ll get conservative, run the ball, avoid turnovers and costly mistakes, and let our defense keep us ahead. While I can appreciate
So what does the “play not to lose” mentality have to do with our Christian life? We have the early lead. If we want to get technical, Jesus actually already won the game through His death, burial and resurrection. Back to the game. We have Christ in our lives, we’re attending worship, reading our Bible, we’re in a Sunday School group etc. We’re running the plays in the game of life. Some of them are even really good plays. It’s the second half now, we just have to maintain the lead.
What’s the point of the game of football? They’re trying to score more points than the opposing team. The offense is trying to put points on the board and the defense is trying to keep points off the board. So in our Christian life, since we already have the lead….we start playing defense. We don’t need to score points because Jesus has scored enough. We stop working
As the game progresses, we fall in love with our lead…..I mean our church and our small group…. and we can get so comfortable with the lead that we have that we stop scoring points
As I’ve watched Kentucky in its last few games, I’ve experienced all of the stress and emotion that comes with watching a team “play not to lose”. They ran plays on offense, but just running the ball over and over, not scoring points…creating a very frustrating experience for me. I can’t help but wonder if God looks at us as individuals…as groups….as churches and experiences some of the same frustration watching us “play not to lose”?
God wants us to put points on the board; there is never a point where he wants us to start coasting. We have more lost people around us young and old than ever here in America. Let’s get out there and score some points. Plot and Plan…..Pray…..with your family and with your Sunday School groups. Then go out and score points. Let’s play to win, every play…..every day, every conversation, every opportunity God gives us.