Are you on the winning team?
Or are you hanging with losers? This is bigger than your weekend softball team. Or school sports or even pro sports. If you’ve ever played sports of any kind, I know you remember how much more fun it was to be on the winning team. Right? Of course, it’s good to be a gracious loser, because no team wins 100% of the time. But it’s so much better to be a winner. And that’s even way more important in your “real life”. (Click on the player, below, to listen to this message…and a song.) Or read on…
A man named David talked about the winning team that outlasts them all.
He said all the nations of the earth will eventually belong to one person. In fact, all “the ends of the earth” will belong to one person. If you’ve read much history, you might think that would be a bad thing. After all, every time one person tried to conquer the whole world, they turned out to be power-hungry, greedy, selfish, tyrants. Alexander, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin…they all wanted to be top dog. But they were all mad dogs. And they all ended up losing. First their status, then their power, and finally (most likely) their eternal souls.
If you follow someone like that, or trust in someone like that, you stand a good chance of sharing their dark fate. But the One David talked about, when he said all the ends of the earth would be His possession, is not like that. Never was. Never will be. What makes Him so different? In a word…
Show me a ruler, or leader, or king who is willing to die for his people rather than making them die for him. And I’ll show you someone who can (and will) put together a winning team. And, in this case, I’m talking about THE winning team. The ones who ran the race to get the prize of eternal life through the gracious gift of the one, true, living, loving Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Wouldn’t you rather be on the winning team with forever fruits of victory?
Why miss out on all that awesome time without end? Imagine how much you can do with endless time. No more death and decay. No more destructive forces. Believe me, you don’t deserve this break. Neither do I. No one does. But, thankfully, the winning team of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit loves you (and me) enough to make the Way for us to join.
The winning team never runs out of steam,
And you’re a member when you trust
In the one who died and was glorified
To redeem all of us from dust. ~TF
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