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Missing the Big Game

Published on October 7, 2016 | By
One of the things I love about being a sports fan is engaging in conversations before and after big games. Pregame I enjoy back and forth discussion about story lines...and postgame I like to debate reasons the team won.   When someone asks if I am watching “the game” and then tell them “no” because of another commitment, I feel let down. If they go on to say they can’t understand why I would miss such a huge game, I feel even worse. A similar feeling comes over me when asked if I watched “the game” last night. I have to sadly admit I didn’t see the incredible finish and dramatic plays. Again, that person reminds me what a mistake I made by not being part of what took place. In both scenarios, someone is passionate about me witnessing a great game. This type of approach illustrates what we, as followers of Jesus, need to implement when sharing our faith with others. We should be upset about the possibility of our friends and family missing out on eternity with God, and all that He has for them this side of heaven. We should also be thankful for what He's done for us and make sure they know how He can do the same for them. Asking someone if they saw “the game” is easy, but why do we struggle with asking people if they know Jesus? Why aren’t we more passionate about making sure they don’t miss out? Do we take the time to consider the reality of those we care about who don't know Jesus?

The Bible says in John 3:36, “The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.”

God tells us in His Word that the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life. Let’s make sure this truth compels us to do our part in encouraging others not to miss out on what's most important. I'm Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

 PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please give me the boldness and passion to make sure I tell others about You, so they don’t miss out. I pray that they would see the change in me and want to know why, so that I can share the Good News with them. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

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