Keep on to win
By bridcf, Jun 28 2020 08:52AM
On Friday evening Liverpool Football Club again became Champions of the English Premier League for the first time in thirty years. They had been well ahead of any contenders before coronavirus struck and the results from other teams means they have won the title comfortably.
Although the football season was suspended because of lockdown the work behind the scenes never stopped. It was important that players maintained high levels of physical fitness so that when the season restarted they would be match-ready and feel physically on top of their game.
There is a vital lesson for Christians here, too. Just because we are not ‘in church’ at the moment doesn’t mean that the work God has called us to has stopped. Even in the current lockdown situation, we must be prepared for opportunities to point others to Jesus.
The Apostle Paul encourages Christians to keep on working at their faith as he says: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25) Paul is calling us, here, to make sure that our lives are in order so that we are able to work hard for God and provide a consistent witness, whatever the situation is that we face.
We do this because we have the blessing of a tremendous salvation to enjoy. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is a Christian and he explained to an interviewer from his native Germany that Jesus’ death on the cross “was the greatest act that has ever been achieved, because it changed everything. We don’t have to do it [paying for our sins] and this is a huge comfort”.
Jürgen Klopp also said of his response to what Jesus had done for him: “To be a believer, but not to want to talk about it - I do not know how it would work!” Sharing with others what God has done for us is a vital part of our work for Him.
May we be encouraged to keep training and to keep on running to win day by day. Our reward is not the cup for winning the English Premier League but it is the crown of life from God which means being in His presence for an eternity because of what Jesus has done for us. May we continue to keep our eyes on Him as we head for heaven.