To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—
As I sit here and watching game 7 between the Giants and the Royals wishing that it was the Tigers playing the Giants. But as history has it they went down early in the playoffs and didn’t make it to the World Series. As a true Tiger fan says “There is always next year.” As much as I love to cheer for my teams it is great to know that my eternal destiny isn’t determined by my team winning or losing.
In Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was brought in to preserve the lead against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the ninth inning, his errant throw opened the gates to a 2-run rally. The Yankees lost the game and the World Series.
In the 2009 Super Bowl, just seconds before halftime, Kurt Warner threw an interception that was returned 100 yards for a Steelers touchdown. The Cardinals lost the game by four points.
Both Rivera and Warner are strong Christians. Both would tell us that those physical miscues, though costly, will have nothing to do with their eternal destiny.
What about spiritual miscues, that is, our sins? What do they have to do with our eternal destiny?
Rom. 3:10 says, “There is none righteous, not even one.” Rom. 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death.” Psalm 5:4-5 indicates that sin, in any form, cannot dwell in the presence of God.
So we’re in trouble, unless somehow our sins can be deleted. I Tim. 1:15 says the very reason God sent Jesus to earth was to save sinners! Praise God above!
The Bible says that if we trust Jesus as our Sin-bearer, He will “present us faultless” before the presence of God. We’ll be faultless in the presence of a holy God. What a humbling thought.
Dear Lord, thank You that our eternal destination doesn't is not decided on whether our team wins or loses. Thank You for forgiving us of our sins. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.