It has always amazed me the devotion that some people have for their favorite sports teams. And yes, I can, at times be right up there with the, uh, “best” of devotees.
The passion they display in rooting “their team” on to victory. The disappointment they feel when “their team” suffers a loss (of course their team never really looses: they are robbed by bad officials, a corrupt system, or some other outside entity).
And should you ever go so far as to insult their favorite team...well “Katy, bar the door” because “them’s fightin’ words!” They will defend “their team” with their last dying breath!!
For some, every waking moment is consumed with “their team.” If “their team” wins, all is right with the world. If “their team” looses (see earlier comment about this scenario), they are in a bad mood for however long it is until the next game.
Have you ever stopped to consider how much more constructive that passion and energy could be were it used in spreading the gospel?
Or have you considered what our world would be like if we were as interested in defending Christ against those who insult Him as we are our favorite team?
Or what our lives would look like if we showed the same amount of pride in being a Christian as we do in being a “(insert favorite team mascot here)”?
You see, even if you are a season ticket holder, “your team” really cares nothing about you. If something were to happen to you, your seat would just be purchased by someone else and they would continue on with their season.
But Christ cares more about you then you will ever know. He loves you so much that He left heaven and came to earth. And, as if that wasn’t a big enough sacrifice, He suffered and died on the cross for YOU!
Now then, you tell me: who deserves your never dying loyalty?