The Monday feature of the Worldly Saints blog focuses on a story from the sports world – current or historic. The point is to recognize athletes who are using their sports and athletic abilities to further the kingdom of God or to show how some athletes are wasting their days by not giving God the glory.
All San Francisco 49er fans are familiar with the question/motto the Head Coach Jim Harbaugh asks at pre-game or post-game talks with the team –“Who’s got it better than us?” The team than responds by saying “Noooooo-body.”
It is a question that did not originate in the 49er administration, but with the Harbaugh family. Jack Harbaugh, the patriarch of the family, gives the following background to the familiar 49er motto –
“I can recall (saying) that in Crestline back in the early 1950s.’ We lived in the same neighborhood and we had a group of about 10 or 15 guys that would wake up every morning in the summer when the sun came up and go out and play. And at lunch time you’d run over to someone’s house and a mom would make you some peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and then it was back on the playground. Then it was dinner time. And after dinner time, back out and you’d play a little kick-the-can because you couldn’t see the ball any more, but you’d put the can under a street light and could play until 8:30, 9 0’clock in the summer time. Mike says, ‘You know what? I can recall that. We’d be walking out to play. Or we’d be going home at night and we’d look at each other say, ‘Who’s got it better than us? Noooo-body.’ And that was a great life.”
The Christian could ask the same question, “Who’s got it better than us?” And the answer would be the same – “Noooo-body!” But for us, our life is incomparable not because of PBJ sandwiches or endless fun at the beach, but we got it better than everyone else because …
- God’s wrath was absorbed by Jesus Christ (Rom 3:25).
- God’s love and grace for us is immeasurable (Rom 5:8).
- We have forgiveness for sins (Eph 1:7).
- Our sins no longer condemn us (Rom 8:34).
- We have eternal life (John 3:16).
- We have been reconciled to God (Rom 5:10).
- We can have access to God in a way the O.T. saint did not (Heb 10:19).
- Good works are our joy (Tit 2:14).
- We will not have to face the final judgment (Heb 9:28).
Noooo-body has it better than us!
Who have you told recently about the transforming power of the Gospel?