You don’t have to make a choice between football and God. You can have both. The question is which one is your priority?
Paul often used sports to illustrate his important spiritual points (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 2:16; 3:14; 2 Timothy 4:7-8; Hebrews 12:1). The crown, often given to winners, is used to illustrate the reward for runing the Christian “race” faithfully (1 Thessalonians 2:19; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 2:10; 3:11). So there is nothing wrong with enjoying or participating in sports.
Are you watching football? I hope your team is winning. Mine is. Now, did you attend worship this morning? That is the important question. Do you serve the Lord with the same zeal that you put into sports?
Jesus said serving God is more important than the necessities of life. He says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Enjoy sports, but seek God and His righteousness first!
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