2/4: The Early Lead
020413: The Early Lead
Since my parents were Maryland natives, I was cheering for the Baltimore Ravens to win the Super Bowl game yesterday, so I’m happy about the outcome. I did get a little nervous, though, during the second half when the San Francisco 49ners starting roaring back. As it looked bleak, I wondered what lessons I could learn from how the game unfolded. Here is my observation.
The Ravens came out during the first half and went crazy. By halftime, they were 22 points ahead. When the second half began, the Ravens started with a bang again. The first play saw a 109-yard run back on the kick-off. We Ravens fans were giddy. We threw off caution and started talking unrestrained trash to the 49ners’ fans in the room.
Then came the power outage. The lights went out in half the stadium.
For 35 minutes, while those responsible scrambled to restore the power to the Superdome, the world waited. The players languished on the sideline, stretching and trying to stay motivated. At the football fellowship I attended, game excitement in the room waned. Some people left. Others began to pack up the food and wipe tables in an effort to just have something to do.
When the lights came back on, the 49ners seemed like a new team. The Ravens seemed unable to stop them as they scored time and time again. But, as the clock wound down, the Ravens had the ball and still had a tenuous lead. Even though the Ravens had to kick the ball to the 49ners with 4 seconds left, the return man was stopped, the early lead held, and the Ravens were victorious.
We Christians are like the Ravens. We are excited about the Lord in the early days and months of our salvation. Dedication to Christ is exciting. The grass looks greener, the sky looks bluer, water is wetter, and we see everything with positive eyes. We’re scoring at every turn.
Then comes a power outage. We don’t lose our salvation, but problems make some parts of our lives seem partially dark.
For a certain amount of time because of the darkness, we wait. When things don’t get better right away – when the lights don’t immediately come back on – our excitement about God wanes. We probably keep going to church, but we turn to other activities. Sometimes those activities are neutral; sometimes they are less than honorable. When the problems pass – when the lights come back on – we find that the time in the dark has left us listless. That’s when the enemy attacks. With new vigor, Satan throws everything at us that he has. He seems to be gaining.
But here’s the good news: Thanks to our early lead secured by Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, we will always be far enough ahead, that no matter what Satan tries, he can never catch up and win in our lives.
In relation to this thought, a scripture comes to mind. John 9:4-5 says, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” John 9:4-5 (NIV). Let’s work while there is plenty of light. Even though we may be sidelined by darkness from time to time, no worries. Because of Christ, we have enough of an early lead that the opposition will never be able to catch up and cause us to lose.
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