1/17/2018 – Pastor Brian’s Blog

The last play of a playoff game: the Minnesota Vikings are down by 3 points, with less than 10 seconds left. If they do not score at least 3 points, the game is over and so is the Vikings’ season. They will go on vacation while the Saints will head to Philadelphia to play the Eagles.

Even if you are not a NFL fan, if you have been on social media this week, it would be hard to miss seeing this…

Talk about excitement! The place breaks out in pandemonium! The stadium went crazy!! Just moments before, every Minnesota Viking fan, deep in their heart, thought that their season was done. It seemed humanly impossible to believe that the Vikings could throw a pass and get out of bounds in time to stop the clock so that they could at least try to kick a field goal to tie the game. Impossible!!

Then the “impossible” happened. As time was running out, the Vikings quarterback threw a pass to his receiver, Stefon Diggs. Everyone is wondering if Diggs would catch the ball, and if he did, would he be able to get out of bounds in time to stop the clock? Then it happened: the defensive player misses the tackle, and watches as Stefon Diggs runs over the goal line with no time remaining on the clock. The game is over, and the Minnesota Vikings move on to play another day.

It was such an exciting finish that even the sports announcers got excited….

Now, so you understand, you might not like football, but it is not a sin for us who do. It is not wrong to get excited about a football game. I am a Patriots fan, and I am looking forward with excitement to watch them hoist their 6th Superbowl Trophy on Sunday February 4th.

Football just happens to be one of those things God gave us for our enjoyment… Put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17

But as I was thinking about all this excitement about a football game (that is here one day and then over), my thoughts went to heaven. What makes heaven break out in pandemonium? What makes heaven go crazy with excitement? Well Luke tells us…. I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7

Now, I know for a fact that I will not be throwing the winning touchdown for any NFL teams in this lifetime. Even the excitement of throwing the winning touchdown in our Thanksgiving family football game only lasts for about 5 minutes after the game ends, when people get tired of me bragging!!

But everyone of us can share our faith. It doesn’t take a special talent to share the Gospel! All we have to do is use our Bible… Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

Then I thought: as a believer, what should excite me every morning that I get up? A nice home, a fancy car, seasons tickets to watch the Patriots? Well Luke answered that question for me as well. When talking to His disciples Jesus said this… I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:19-20

Every day, no matter what is happening in my life, no matter what my circumstances look like, I can get excited, because my name is written in heaven. And every day I have the opportunity to get heaven excited, by sharing the gospel and giving another sinner an opportunity to come to Christ.

There are a lot of things in life to enjoy. There are a lot of things to get excited about and that is not a bad thing. Just don’t allow the good to replace the best. The winning quarterback, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum seems to have the right perspective…

I will be excited when the Patriots win their 6th Superbowl trophy on Sunday February 4, 2018. May that excitement be short lived, and may I never forget what real excitement is all about!

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