It is that time of year…that’s right…college football is back. It has been a long wait but it’s back. If you’re a Dawg fan, and I hope you are, we are waiting to see what kind of season they will have under a new coach. We have great expectations but who knows what the season holds. Know matter who your team may be there is one thing that none of us like to think about, that first loss. Losing is not why we watch. Losing is not what carries us from Saturday to Saturday. It’s all about the “W” and that’s not a Bush. We are all looking for the win. If it’s by a wide margin or a last minute miracle kick or pass, all we want is the win!
It is possible to be a Christian and a football fan. We can get excited for our team and we are allowed to even get a bit crazy when we watch. However, there is something that our Christian walk and football do not have in common. As a football fan all we want is the win but as a Follower of Christ we need to have a different mind set. The Apostle Paul had the right frame of mind when it came to his view of the Christian life. In his letter to the Church at Philippi he shared this thought in chapter 3 verses 7 and 8 when he said, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”. Just like we think our team has everything to win the SEC, ACC, BIG 10 or even the National Championship, Paul had everything to be successful in the eyes of the world. He was a Jews Jew, a Pharisee of Pharisees, and educated under the great religious leaders. He had what it took to win but then realized what all that was worth…garbage, trash and junk! After Paul’s encounter with Jesus he realized that everything in life is nothing compared to Him. All the education, all the notable achievements, all the training in the world is nothing, is garbage compared to knowing and having Jesus. The word knowing is not to have a knowledge of Him but to have an intimate relationship with Him. Paul understood the value of that relationship with Jesus and the value of a loss.
Think about this as we go through the football season this year. Enjoy game day. Cheer your team to a win. But always remember, the Dawgs are not enough, the Gators are not enough, the Tide is not enough, who ever your team might be…they are not enough. Only Jesus is enough! Are you ready for a loss? Lose it all for the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus.