Jalen Hurts and Philippians 3:12-14

If you know me at all, you know I am “Sooner born and Sooner bred, and when I’m gone, I’ll be Sooner dead.” I really cheer for all things Sooner, but my favorite Sooner sport is football.

And because we have not won a National Championship since 2000, I find myself cheering against powerhouses like Clemson and Alabama – probably the Crimson Tide more since Dabo Swinney (the head coach for Clemson) seems like a legitimately humble and Christian man.

Embedded videoAlabama’s football team is guaranteed to have me on the opposite side cheering for their opponent. Then, after last year’s football season came to an end, their once-starting QB Jalen Hurts decided to transfer to Oklahoma.

But, if Hurts is a Sooner, I decided to cheer him on.

Well, his 1st start was Sunday night, and his performance did not disappoint. His offensive numbers broke several records held by previous Heisman trophy winners, and he looked unstoppable. OU won comfortably.

And then, something surprising happened after the game. I didn’t expect it; most OU fans didn’t expect it.

While most were celebrating the victory, Hurts was giving an interview with ESPN’s Holly Rowe and you would have never known they won the game. He never smiled and talked about how much room for improvement there was. He almost seemed disappointed. He knew they could be better.

Rowe even tried to get him to smile about getting the victory, but he kept talking about their need to get better as a team.

“So, what?” you might ask.

Well, if you are a reader of this blog, you won’t be surprised to read that this post is going to be less about football and more about something of eternal value.

Hurts’ disappointment with himself and his team and their need to improve reminds me of the Apostle Paul – “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14).

Was Paul ever satisfied? Nope! Did he ever complete a missionary journey and think, “I did everything perfectly. It could not have been better!” Nada!

Paul knew he – and all of us – are not completed works of God. We are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), which means are a project in process. There is always a need for growth.

The lesson? Never be content with your spiritual life. The complacent will find themselves taking off their spiritual armor, inviting the Evil One to have reign in their heart, give the flesh something to feed on, and get entangled in deeds of unrighteousness.

We are to be content with our circumstances (Philippians 4:11-12), but we should never be content with our current walk with the Lord.

Thank you Jalen Hurts, for reminding us to press on towards Christlikeness.


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