Friday, January 3, 2014

Undeserving San Diego Chargers

We are all undeserving like the San Diego Chargers.  Before last Sunday's games, the Chargers had less than a 2% chance of making the playoffs.  They were handed the playoffs on a silver platter by the Dolphins losing to the Jets,  the Ravens losing to the Bengals, and the Chiefs losing to the Chargers with a couple of very bad referees' calls.  They didn't earn a playoff spot.  They were given it.  The picture above proves it with more than six players lined up on one side of a critical missed field goal attempt.

We don't earn eternal life.  We were given it.  There is nothing we can do to earn eternal life.  God gave it freely and unearned to us by His Son Jesus Christ.  We can try all we want to earn it, but it is simply impossible by our own works.  We would never be good enough with all the mistakes we make in life. Thank God we can do nothing but to believe Him.

The Chargers worked very hard to make the playoffs.  They practiced for many months almost every single day.  The players worked hard individually to stay in shape but no matter how hard they practiced and how in shape they were, they were never going to make the playoffs if the Dolphins, Bengals, or the Chiefs had won, or two really bad calls didn't help them.

All other religions teach that you have to work hard to gain eternal life.  By being good and by doing good, they are told they will get to heaven.  We will never be good enough or do enough good deeds to get into heaven. But someone did in Jesus Christ, who took our punishment, paid our penalty, and made a way for all who believe to inherit eternal life.

Unlike the Chargers, who are only guaranteed one more game, we are guaranteed a life free from pain and sorrow,  an eternal life with those we love who are believers.  A life everlasting! We have one Superstar on our team who always wins in the end and He invites us to become a part of His family of God, through faith. 

Will you join the winning team so that when the Great Ref in the Sky evaluates your life all He will see is Jesus living in and through you? This is our hope, this is our salvation, that God grants us eternal life and victory for all who call upon the name of the Lord and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:13