Monday, September 19, 2016

Finish!!!

Lately in football, there appears to be an epidemic of runners celebrating too early and dropping the ball before they even cross the goal line.  I am not sure what is going on but it happened again Saturday night as the Buckeyes played Oklahoma.  I originally missed it, but soon instant replay and Social Media were exploding with proof that Joe Mixon dropped the ball before he got to the end zone. How embarrassing!  All caught on national TV.  As a coach, I would be fuming.  It has happened more this year than I have ever  witnessed as a sports fan.

Sometimes I fear that as Christians, we may be doing the very same thing that these players are doing. We are letting up, taking it easy.

Like the players involved, we think we have really done something.  As we turn and look for high fives from our teammates, we get them because they missed it as well.  As a matter of fact, the crowd is slapping us on the back and shouting with great joy, but you see, they missed it as well.  The camera is like the eye of God, it doesn't miss a thing.  Cameras can malfunction, but God never does.

As we celebrate with each other, our community and neighborhood continues to live in darkness, blinded by sin.  We really think we have done something exceptional, only to be reminded daily and on every sports news channel in America that we will be known more for the fumble before crossing the goal line than the ninety seven yard return. the lesson?  Don't let up, don't show boat about something you think you have accomplished!  In the Christian walk and race, finishing is what matters!

My goal is to finish, and finish well!

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)
1  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.