Philippians 3:10, 12 (NIV)
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
In honor of Super Bowl Sunday I thought it would be fun to look at the church using some football-speak theology.
1. Backfield-in-Motion - Making a trip to the back (restroom or water fountain) during the service.
2. Bench warmer - Those who do not sing, pray, work, or apparently do anything but sit.
3. Blitz - The rush for the restaurants following the closing prayer.
4. Personal Foul: Standing inside the church door complaining to the pastor about the sermon.
5. Extra point - What you receive when you tell the preacher the sermon was too short.
6. Fumble - A lousy sermon.
7. Halftime - The period between Sunday school and worship.
8. Illegal motion - Leaving before the benediction
9. Instant Replay - The preacher loses his notes and falls back on last week’s illustrations
10. End Run - Getting out of church quickly, without speaking to any guest or fellow member.
11. Staying in the Pocket - What happens to tithes and offerings aren’t given to the Lord’s work.
12. Sudden Death - What happens to the attention span of the congregation if the preacher goes "overtime."
Sometimes in our Christian Life we get knocked down but as Paul shares in today’s verse we must press on.
During a Monday night football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, one of the announcers observed that Walter Payton, the Bears’ running back, had accumulated over nine miles in career rushing yardage. The other announcer remarked, “Yeah, and that’s with someone knocking him down every 4.6 yards!” Walter Payton is one of the most successful running back ever even though he got knocked down many times. The secret was that he kept getting back up. Even the best – gets knocked down. The key to success is to get up and run again just as hard.
Paul acknowledged that he was not yet there. But he was moving in that direction. Each day he drew closer because He had the desire, and was disciplined, He was determined, dedicated, committed and focused, He was willing to deny himself,
And he was developing godly character distinction.
With the drawing of his last breath he crossed the goal line of glory. The time clock sounded and he had won the game. Paul was a Super Bowl Christian. Waiting for him on the other side was a prize…A prize greater than any super bowl ring. For Paul there would be crowns that will last for eternity. And it can be that way for us!
Today Super Bowl XLVIII will be over. In the end one team will emerge victorious. A trophy will be rewarded, Rings will be presented, Cash will be given, Glory will be bestowed, and Advertising contracts will be awarded. One team will have bragging rights for a year.
Yet today a greater game of importance is being played, and you are a key player on the field. You have the opportunity to play for eternal rewards. You can win a prize that will never dim. The outcome is up to you.
Will you choose to be a bush league Christian, or will you choose to become a Super Bowl Christian.
Dear Lord, we thank You for the abilities that You have given to each of us. Help us today to use them in a manner that is pleasing to You. Help us be Super Bowl Christians. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.