Yesterday commenced what will be yet another year of the Sunday afternoon ritual: watching football. for hours. and hours. I never grew up watching sports, and I am continually amazed at my husband’s and sons’ enthusiasm for “game day”. Their knowledge of players and stats is incredible.
I don’t really join in with the watching of a full game. But yesterday, I happened to glance at the screen and saw the name Favre on a jersey and it reminded me of one of my favorite illustrations by Mike Bullmore about the importance of the gospel in our everyday life.
Keep in mind the teaching I heard was in 2002, and Jason informed me that the illustration would work better these days if I used Peyton Manning as the football player. Favre or Manning, whatever. Mike Bullmore, a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers and specifically Brett Favre made the point that it would be utterly foolish for the team to play a game and keep their star player (Favre, Manning) on the bench. As the team would proceed to lose, the fans would cry out, “get Favre/Manning in the game!!!!” Often in our lives we forget to get the gospel into the daily game of life.
As a mother, I think of lots of “players” that need to be in the game.
Get patience into the game.
Get consistency into the game.
Get perseverance into the game.
Get joy into the game.
Get hard work and strength into the game.
And so I commence my day with some good players, but all the while the gospel sits on the bench. So I start to lose. Patience wears out. Consistency gets an injury. Perseverance storms off the field. Joy gets thrown out of the game. You get the picture. I am reminded by a simple football illustration that I need to get the star player, “the gospel” into the game!!!
When we wake up. Father thank you that your mercies are new every morning. We don’t deserve this, we deserve your wrath because of our sin, but because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we can come and receive mercy every single morning.
When we do school. Father thank you that even though this Math is coming hard for us today, our biggest problem, that we were sinners who deserve Your wrath and judgement, has been solved in Jesus’ dying on the cross for our sins. And because of His death we can come to you at anytime and ask you for help in our need.
When we are in the car. Your blood has washed away my sin, Jesus, thank you. The Father’s wrath completely satisfied, Jesus, Thank you. Once Your enemy, now seated at your table, Jesus, thank You!
When we experience conflict. Jesus, we are amazed that though you were tempted in every way, You never sinned! As we see the corruption in our own hearts, we turn to look at your perfect, righteous life and we are grateful that because you lived in perfect obedience to the Father, and died on the cross for our sins, we now have this righteousness accounted to us! Now we who were slaves to sin, are set free to love others. Such good news, we can’t comprehend it!
When we go to bed. Father when I review the day and see our sins and victories, we cast them in a heap at the foot of the cross where our sins are washed away, and our victories have their origin. We lay our heads in peace that comes not from our performance today, but from the work of the Savior who lived the uniquely perfect life, and died on the cross, atoning for our transgressions, suffering the wrath that we deserved, and then three days later was raised from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father ruling and reigning according to His divine will.
1 Corinthians 15: 3,4 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scripture.