I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
The team began trotting off the field as the last seconds counted down to half-time. The reporter was standing just near the locker room entrance, where the coach typically held his first half interview.
The question was simple, “coach, what changes will you make to rally your team in the second half?” The coach quickly replied, “We have no intentions of finishing the game. We’ve only prepared for one-half… we had no idea they actually expected us to play the full game. We’ll hit the showers and head on home.”
It’s somewhat amusing to imagine how that interview would wrap up. Equally amusing is thinking about the banter that would spew across sports networks, talk shows, and the evening news. Likely, the coach would be fired and the players kicked off the team… even general managers and complete organizations would be emptied. A simple statement would come from the owner, “They knew better…”
How embarrassing for a franchise to allow something like that to occur… under their watch.
What would we say about a man who signed up to play the game of life as a Christian – but only committed to knowing half of the playbook? To showing up half of the time? To praying about half the stuff he deals with? To only share his faith with half the people he encounters? God has given us the playbook and the instructions. We know better…
Jesus Christ demonstrated what it takes to finish. He coaches us to GO – not hide. We must commit to play both halves and finish the game – regardless of what is waiting outside of the locker room. Today… we show others how the game is played. All In! All the way! And the prize comes when we meet our franchise owner… and He says… “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Good game.”
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Take a look at your week. Identify the days when you play the second half. Build on those.
PRAY: God, there are many days I am guilty of taking the field with no intention of finishing the game. Help me to remember that my goal is to serve you first – not impress the world. Make me a complete player for your team today. Amen.