We live in a time of ample opportunity for choosing a team to represent. Sports and reality shows afford us a team choice.
But life also boils down to teams on spiritual matters.
Yet, we hold the decision to pick the world’s team or God’s team, to stay loyal to Jesus or other gods.
Choose Team Jesus
10) Jesus wrote the playbook. In Christ dwells truth and knowledge of all things.
This makes Jesus best suited to call all the plays in my life. “For in him we live and move and have our being” Acts 17:28 a, ESV.Aligning my every move with #Jesus becomes a game changer. #teamJesus Click To Tweet
9) Jesus embodies perfection. Whether in sports, music, talents, or career, the old adage says, “Practice makes perfect.” But practice never made anyone perfect, only better. The bottom line?
Nobody bats a thousand except Jesus. His ways and Word are perfect (see Psalm 18:30).
8) Jesus never sits on the sidelines. He is never absent from our lives. Even if we don’t see the hand of Christ in our circumstances, we trust His plan.Positioned on centerfield, #Jesus always works on my behalf. #teamJesus Click To Tweet
Benefits for Team Members
7) Jesus defends His team. He guards us against our main opponent, Satan—not a worthy opponent. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain!
Still further, Christ defends our cause with our enemies. So when others wrongly accuse us, abuse us, and we take hits from the opposing team, Jesus is our defender (see Psalm 35).
I let go of worry, anxiety, and emotional hurt when I’m not holding on to anything but Jesus.
6) Jesus is the goal. Team members often lose our way. Maybe we forget to keep our eyes on the goal. Perhaps, we turn back worried about what lies ahead. But when Jesus himself remains our goal, we regain our focus.
“I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back” Philippians 3:14 MSG.
5) Jesus beats the odds. The odds are often stacked against us. But members on team Jesus trust His supernatural power.
Christ defies the natural realm.Because of #Jesus, we shout “Hallelujah!” instead of “Oh, me!” #teamJesus Click To Tweet
4) Jesus carries team members. He carries my load, my burdens, my sorrows, and me on His strong shoulders. Religion never carries us. Religion demands our tireless effort. But we rest in Jesus.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28 NIV.
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” Isaiah 53:4 ESV.
3) Jesus rescues us. We mess up, miss the shot, drop the ball, fumble, foul, or run the wrong way. But, Jesus is always the star player. And He’s the MVP of my life. Jesus rescued me from sin, from the clutches of a ruthless adversary, and from myself—posing as my own god, wanting to be the star player.
“Who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age” Galatians 1:4 a, NIV.
2) Jesus always wins. He stands as victor in the past, over the present, and into the future. Jesus won on the cross. Christ conquered the empty tomb. He champions every spiritual aspect of my life.
Jesus’ victory makes us team champs. So when we need strength, peace, love, hope, mercy, grace, or comfort, Jesus reminds us the battle’s already won.The #gospel is not: we lost a lot, Jesus did a lot, we get a lot. The gospel is: we lost it all, #Jesus did it all, we get it all. Randy Pope Click To Tweet
Jesus as Team Captain
1) Jesus picked me. I realize in this blog title I mention how we do the choosing. Stay with me here. Remember those school days of choosing teams? Team captains picking kids for dodgeball in the gym or softball on the playground? No one enjoys hearing her name last.
Jesus fills the role of team captain with His disciples. And He never, ever leaves anyone out. Instead, Christ desires for all people to hold a spot on team Jesus. He picked me. He picks you. Do you hear Him calling your name?
Culture attempts to set the boundary lines for marriage, sex, godliness, and who we worship. It’s time to draw a line in the sand, admit we’re on team Jesus, and make no apologies.
Which reason resonates most with you?
Images: Softball field of when our church played in a league. “Hallelujah” image of my grandson. Featured image, image of football player, and all image designs courtesy of Adobe Spark.
Sometimes I participate in these link-ups: Kelly Balarie/Purposeful Faith, Patricia Holbrook/Soaring With Him, Meghan Weyerbacher/TeaandtheWord, Lyli Dunbar/#FaithOnFire & Crystal Storms/Heart Encouragement.
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February 1, 2018 at 10:39 am | Uncategorized