Does Jesus Care Who Wins This Game?

Does Jesus Care Who Wins This Game?

Sunday, January 25, 1998
| 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

God is not keeping score to see if we "win" or "lose" the small skirmishes that we think occupy so much of our time and energy at work and at home. But God is concerned with how we conduct ourselves in the "game." Are we able to shift our vision away from ourselves and see ourselves as part of a large "team" energized to serve God?

By tonight, the endless hoopla, the frenzied advertising and, almost incidentally, the football game itself, will be over. Super Bowl Sunday will have come and gone for another year.

One more observation: The Super Bowl wouldn't be a true sporting event without an endless string of both pre-game and post-game interviews. Fair or not, we have come to expect our sports professionals to be as articulate as they are athletic. There are probably only about three different interviews available to any athlete. We've all heard them, and we've heard them all.

First, there is the "I'm the greatest; nothing can stop me" interview. This is usually, but not always, a pre-game display -- as players psyche themselves up and hope to psyche out the competition. These are big guys, in the big leagues, earning big bucks, and they have big egos to match. At their worst, these pre-game boasting contests are the ones we cringe at and hope our kids don't hear.

The second type of interview is usually a...

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