We are now entering into the football season. I notice during the last couple of years an increased emphasis of stripping the ball. There are decided efforts on the part of the opposing team when a pass is completed or a play is initiated to work to get the ball back by any means. I’m sure in every locker room and at every practice there are speeches and admonishments about holding onto the ball. It is interesting how simple an idea that is. Hold onto the ball.
Principles by which we live are much the same as the ball in a football game. Hold onto the ball. In a world of compromise and consensus, what do we do with the values and principles we believe in? We hold onto them more diligently. We must forget the flair of our own interests, individual talent and acceptance of societal norms and stay with the game plan. The Bible gives us our game plan. There are many plays that are run on the field of life but the plays are both defined and tested in the arena of eternal purpose. We can’t make up the game as we go along. We must read the book, practice the plays and run them, holding tightly to the principles that have brought them to vital productivity in our lives. Hold onto the ball!
1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.”
Hebrews 10:22-25: “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
How rich is the truth of God’s word. If only we would fret as much about the loss of a Christian holding onto their divine principles of belief in life as we do over one of the players of our favorite football team not holding onto the ball.
God is calling us to return to the basics and hold fast to what is true. He wants us to unswervingly live in the belief that his promises are true. The game plan is right and the expectation is for us not to compromise our position as we run the race of life that is marked out before us.
In my book “More Than Volunteers” I share how I feel the church can be energized anew by the power of the Holy Spirit. I outline how we can, in a modern world, care anew for the constituency God has given us within the institutions of faith and life. I hope you will take a look at the book and see how it honors the first century concept of being set apart anew for service to bring glory to the saving grace of Jesus Christ our Lord.