Winning

win-flagWe saw a pretty grand parade and rally this week in Chicago.  A party to celebrate the Chicago Cubs winning a World Series after not winning it in 108 years.  It was estimated 5,000,000 people were in attendance.  Yet that pails to compare to the party and celebration that will take place for those who call Jesus, “Lord”.  He hasn’t returned in over 2000 years.  You talk about saying, “Maybe next year!”

His return cannot come soon enough for me, but then I feel bad for those that still have not accepted him.  Knowing that when their game of life is over, when that final “out” is called, they could possibly find themselves on the losing team. Then spending eternity, instead of the off season, wishing they had accepted the offer from the other team.

Everybody “wants” to be on the winning team, but not all are willing to do whatever it takes, or willing to give up what it may require in order to be on God’s team.  They would rather live for themselves, or live for today instead of investing in where they could live in the future.

Mat 19:16-22   Another day, a man stopped Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”  Jesus said, “Why do you question me about what’s good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you.”  The man asked, “What in particular?” Jesus said, “Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself.”

The young man said, “I’ve done all that. What’s left?”  “If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.”  That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go. (MSG)

Be a winner.  Play on God’s team.  Accept His free gift of salvation by accepting His son, Jesus into your life.  Trust me, there will still be bad innings, strike outs, errors, but when the game of life is over you will be at a party like no one has ever seen.

 

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