Scoring Goals for Team Jesus
Thursday, June 13, 2019
“There are millions of church-going believers sitting in pews Sunday after Sunday who pose little threat to the kingdom of darkness.” – Os Hillman
All three of our children played soccer, but Chris was probably the most proficient at it. Meanwhile, Matt excels at baseball, golf and fishing while Bethany, in addition to being a good athlete herself, is extremely talented musically.
When Chris was just five or so, he was not only the leading scorer on our team, but also the leading scorer in the entire league. Looking back, I don’t think he was any more gifted than the other players; he was just more determined. And so, with his head down and his little legs churning, he would plow through the defense and score almost unopposed. The result was a league-leading 35 goals that season.
I say “almost unopposed” because one of my best friends was the coach of another team. One day, as our two teams prepared to square off, he told me that he had instructed his entire defense to focus on Chris. If he so much as touched the ball, the two fullbacks and the sweeper were to be on him like “white on rice”.
I guess my friend thought that if he could somehow neutralize Chris, his team would have a better chance of winning. However, what he didn’t factor into the equation was that we had a couple of other players who could put the ball into the net, too. In other words, his strategy backfired…big time. Chris may have only scored a couple of goals that day instead of his usual four or five, but his teammates more than picked up the slack and we won rather handily.
Are you the type of Christian that poses a threat to Satan? Are you such a powerful witness for Christ that the devil designs a defense to stymie you and limit your effectiveness? If so, good for you! That means that the other team – and its coach – are afraid of you. So, keep your head down, your little legs churning…and keep scoring for Jesus.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” I John 5:4 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President