1 John 5:4-5, “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
What does the love of God and eternal salvation have to do with winning?
Let’s look at it like this…
Jesus = our Coach
We (saved Christians) = the team captains
Those unaware of Christ’s saving love = new players, the benchwarmers, the new recruits
Death = the final buzzer
Heaven = the most brilliant gold trophy
See what I’m getting at?
Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” and again in Matthew 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
We need to build up our team! Don’t we want to make our Coach proud? He deserves our best and has given us amazing talents and abilities required to be team captains! Let’s not waste it! Our team needs us!
If we want to win the trophy of eternal salvation we need to realize it isn’t just going to happen on a Hail Mary pass (hehe ok, lame Catholic joke! I love Mother Mary!) We have to put in the time and effort, utilizing not only our own strengths, but also those of our teammates. By following the perfect direction of our Coach, we can be sure to dominate this game.
No. It won’t be easy. The competition will be hard, there will be times we want to throw in the towel and call it quits. But we cannot and we will not.
Just as in any sport, the team captain needs to fire up the other players with encouragement and be a role model. It requires dedication, discipline, love of the sport and constant openness to the Coach’s plans. We, as team captains, can’t forget to take care of ourselves though either. Just as a team captain must participate in the workouts just like any other player, we spiritual captains must also submerse ourselves in the love and teachings of Jesus Christ so as to build ourselves up spiritually and be filled with the Holy Spirit’s strength.
We can do this. I believe in our team. I trust in our Coach. I look forward to the game, knowing we shall overcome the sin of this world and be greeted by the Heavenly cheerleaders when that time comes.
But until then – “get back to practice!”
One question remains… who gets to dump the gatorade cooler of Holy Water on Jesus?