11/28/15: Me? A Quarterback?
As I sit enjoying Thanksgiving weekend football on television, I’m amazed by the precision of a quarterback’s pass. Disregarding the noise of the crowd, the QB must keep his eyes pealed downfield, usually in the face of 250 – 300 pound linemen rushing to make mincemeat of him if they can. He has to keep his cool, remember the route that was probably called from the sideline, and find his open man. Despite the imminent danger coming his way, he is often still able to thread the spiraling pigskin to his receiver between several defenders. A long completed pass is a thing of beauty.
Our sojourn in this life as believers is much like the job of the quarterback. We can’t be concerned about the noise of the crowd, all that society would tell us about how to live. We must only be concerned about the “plays” being called in from the sidelines – our Coach Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God (see John 1:14). Once we get the snap, we’ve got to keep our eyes pealed down toward the end of the field. We must not be deterred by the attackers rushing our way, but trust the blockers provided by the Holy Spirit so we can complete whatever God-given assignment that has been laid out before us. A life well-lived is a thing of beauty.
First Peter 4:7 tells us that “the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers” (NKJ). Like a great quarterback toward the end of a big game, we need to be “serious and watchful” so we can make it successfully to the end. We want to hear our Coach say, “Well done.”
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