Greetings everyone! What you are about to read is something I have been thinking a lot about. I invite any and all comments and critiques any might have.
One of my favorite movies is Miracle. It is about the US Olympic Hockey team that played in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. The team of college all-stars was hand picked by the head coach Herb Brooks. While the team was practicing Brooks took each player aside for a one on one interview. Brooks asked them three questions: What’s your name; where are you from; and (most importantly) who do you play for. As I recall they each said their college team. When the team was playing an exhibition game they were playing very poorly. It seemed like their heads were elsewhere. The game ended and the team was getting ready to go to the locker room. Brooks said, “What do you guys think your doing?”. They all said they were going to the locker room. Brooks said, no your not! We’re staying right here. We’re going to practice. And he had them going over practice drills again and again and again. Until one guy stood up and said his name and where he was from. Brooks looked up at him and said, “Who do you play for?”. And this player said, “I play for the United States of America”. The coach looked around and told them they could leave now and practice was over. That was the turning point for the team. They would go on to defeat the team no one could seem to win against: Russia. And they won the Gold Medal also.
Look at 1st Kings 13 and read verses one through thirty two. Read the verses thinking of the theme: Who Do You Play For? Please allow me to summarize them. A man simply called a man of God from Judah denounces the king Jeroboam. The king threatens this man of God and orders him to be captured. The kings man shrivels up and he crys out to the man of God to pray for him to be healed. The man of God does, and the king’s hand is restored. The king invites him to stay and eat with the king. But the man of God stays he can not because God commanded him not to eat nor drink there and not to go home the same way he came. So he goes off.
Another man, also referred to as a man of God, finds out about this from his sons. He goes out to look for this man and finds him. They talk, and the second man invites the first over to his house. He says no because God commanded him not to. But the second man said he also is a man of God and He told him to have this man of God come over to eat. But the scripture said he was lying to him. But he believed this man and they went. But God told the second man the first one had disobeyed him and he wouldn’t be buried his ancesters’ tomb. He left on his donkey to go home and was met and killed by a lion. But the lion didn’t eat the dead body nor harmed the donkey in any way. The second man heard about it, went and got the body, and buried him.
I personally believe this man is in heaven today. But, sincerely or not, he disobeyed God and he was disciplined for it. These two men forgot who they played for. When we teach people about how to come to salvation, we better be teaching them what the Bible says. Not what we think nor what anyone else thinks. We better preach the Word!
Next, let’s look at 2nd Timothy 4:1-5. Again, read the verses with the theme of Who Do You Play For in mind.
In verse one Paul reminds Timothy he had been commisstioned by Jesus Christ. In verse two Paul reminds him to preach the Word no matter what happens.
In verses three and four Paul reminds him there are those who have forgotten who they played for. They turned their attention from what God wants to what man wants, and from what man needs to hear to what they wanted to hear.
Verse five reminds me of what a great coach would tell his team right before they went out to play the biggest game of their careers. Paul first tells him to remember who you are and who’s you are. Secondly, hang in there when the going gets tough. Third, remember what you have been taught. And forth, do everything you have been commisstioned to do.
In short, Remember Who You Play For!
What do all of you think? Comments, please. God bless you all. Grace and Peace.
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