We’ve now arrived at the concluding part of the “Soccer Sorcery” series. What further spiritual lessons can we glean from this fascinating game of Football? Let’s find out!
Now let’s play a defence-splitting pass, splitting Satan’s defence that is! What is a football team without teamwork? A big zero, that’s what! To be victorious, a team needs to run like a well-oiled machine– with each part playing its role to perfection. The defenders, the midfielders, the forwards and the goalie in tow, have their own specialized roles to play together in unison with their joint mission to score a goal!
By the same token, what is a church with several “gifted individuals” without proper co-ordination amongst themselves? Team work in its noblest form is not only about playing with each other but playing for each other. Consider Apostle Paul’s wise words here, speaking about the much needed “teamwork” in the Corinthian church.
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us, so we can help each other.” (I Cor 12:4-7)
What is the best example of team work? You do not have to look further beyond the Holy Trinity working in unity to procure our salvation. God chose us, the Son shed his blood on the cross as a ransom to purchase us from sin’s grasp, and the Holy Spirit convicted us at the right time. It also allowed for us to accept the divine redemption plan and would keep the sanctification process going until we reach the heavenly shores, or the Bridegroom comes first to receive us (See1 Peter 1:2). Didn’t somebody say in this context of Salvation “God thought it, Christ bought it, Holy Spirit wrought it and though devil fought it, praise God, I have got it”! Hallelujah! Also have we ever praised the Trinity for absolute selflessness within themselves? The Son was willing to die an excruciating death on the cross to obey His Father’s will (seeLuke 22:42) and the Father selflessly exalted the Son’s name above all names, including His own names such as Elohim, El-Shaddai, Adonai etc. (SeePhilippians 2:9/Psa 138:2); and the Holy Spirit when we are worshipping helps us but never calls attention to Himself. Amazing isn’t it? The other-centredness in Trinity! If this does not inspire us to play for each other, then nothing else will!
Historically, it has been proven that if the Church is to take wing… all the wings of the Church must work in harmony.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.- Eph 4:11-12
Remember the good old definition of the word TEAM: TogetherEveryoneAchievesMore!Do I need to say MORE?
What is the ultimate goal of any player/team in the World Cup? Winning the cup is all that matters. All the hard work, the buckets of sweat shed in training, the expectations of countless fans, and personal dreams all build up towards that final illustrious moment: when the cup is handed over to the team. The joys of lifting the cup up for the whole world to see! But hey Christian, you are pursuing a far more rewarding goal, aren’t you?
“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.“(Philippians 3:14)
This heavenly prize (too beautiful to describe), also will never slip away from your hands after say, four years like the earthly World cup does at times (there is no guarantee in Russia WC 2018, Germany would retain the Cup it won in 2014 in Brazil). Our glorious prize is the one for keeps (See1 Cor 2:9/Rom 8:18)! So, press on, and land the prize, praising him! Hallelujah!
Prayer:Father, even as indescribable prizes await us in Heaven…always inspire us to labour for Thy glory out of sheer love borne out of gratitude alone. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
(To access the entire “Soccer Sorcery! Lessons From World Cup Football” mini-series, please click here.)