It's All About Winning
Well, here we are in June once again, and while for most of us, our hockey heroes are playing golf, or whatever it is they do in the summer, there are still those who are experiencing hockey fever.
By the time you read this Los Angeles may very well be the new NHL champions. I hope that is so.
Have you noticed how a city can become so pumped when their team is about to capture such a prized trophy? Los Angeles is alive with hockey energy. Those who may have never skated or felt the cold of the ice, all of a sudden, are experts in the game and are completely taken with this winter sport.
As I was thinking about this, my mind began to muse on some spiritual truths that are given to us in the word of God.
For example, like hockey players, if we are going to win, we must be disciplined. You will never see the coveted Stanley Cup go to a team that is not disciplined to hard work, to continuous practices. No matter how good last night’s game was, you will find a winning team on the ice the next morning going through the drills that made the win last night possible.
There must also be the discipline of working together. No one person ever wins a Stanley Cup, it’s a team effort. Even the great one will tell you that.
Well, what does this have to do with being a Christian? After all, isn’t everyone born in Canada a Christian?
The Bible makes it clear that everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved, Acts 2:21. But then as we examine the teachings of Paul the Apostle, we find after we have believed we are to have a disciplined life, a life that reflects the character and nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For example, in Paul’s first letter to his young protégé, Timothy, he writes, “Fight the good fight of faith.” In the verse preceding, he warns Timothy to flee from things that are evil and pursue righteousness or right living according to God. 1 Tim. 6:11-12.
In his second letter to Timothy, he refers to his own life as he prepares for his end in chapter 4:7. He says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” That certainly is a picture of a disciplined life.
There is a difference though between winning the Stanley Cup and gaining eternal life. Only one team can lift the Cup in victory, but the Bible declares, “All who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
That is everyone who comes to realize they are sinners, separated from God because of their sin, and come to know that Jesus came into this world to give His life to save us from sin, and then accept His payment for our sin, they will be saved.
I want to encourage you who have believed to live a disciplined life according to God’s word. If you are reading this and have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ why not begin right now?
Confess your sin to God, ask for His forgiveness, and follow Him. You’ll never regret that decision. May God bless you as you take this into consideration.
Rev. Duncan Perry,