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.
This past weekend was NOT a memorable one for me when it comes to cheering on athletic teams. My OU Sooners lost by one point to the Kansas St. Wildcats. The San Francisco 49ers got surgically destroyed by Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos. Anyone who is a sports fan knows losing is a part of the package of cheering for teams.
Since Bob Stoops took over as the head football coach for OU, the Sooners have lost forty-one games. And since Jim Harbaugh took over as the head football coach for San Francisco, the 49ers have lost eleven games. And even though both of these teams have won many more games than they have lost, I am tired of losing.
Losing happens and it will happen again. No one, ever (except Jesus), has gone without losing. Even those teams that have perfect seasons eventually lose and have their ups and downs in seasons surrounding their perfection.
But this doesn’t change the fact that losing is a part of life.
As I ponder these realities in the sports world this morning, I am reminded of the temporary nature of man. I am reminded that losing is a part of this lifetime, but not the next.
Losing (or as you may call it in our lifetime .. sin) will continue, but it won’t remain. And unlike the Sooners or 49ers or any other sports team, our losing will cease when we enter our glorified bodies.
Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15, “42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall[f] also bear the image of the man of heaven.”
The shame of losing will be over. The shame that began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve’s sin (Gen 3:6-7) will be no more.
How is that for Monday morning rejoicing?