The Game We All Want To Wi

Ron Aulbach

Bridgeway Community Church


Congratulations to all the Rams Fall sports teams! You make me proud to be a Rockford Alumni. The water polo team was unstoppable, the cross country teams were fast as ever, and our beloved football team came up just a game short of spending Thanksgiving weekend at Ford Field. A great season and tremendous effort by all of our student athletes and coaches. Whether you enjoy sports or not, we all want to win at something. Work hard, meet the deadlines, and exceed the bosses expectations so you win at work. Parents want to succeed at raising kids with great character. And who doesn’t to have a great group of friends that care about you. There is something hard wired in each of us to win at work, at home, and at life. I didn’t say that, the writer Paul did and we can all be encouraged by his words “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14

The natural question though is, “What do I do if I’m not winning?” Honestly, there are days when I feel like there are more notches in the loss column. You get up early, step into the gear, and run the drills with the best game face. But it’s just that, it’s a game face. On the outside we look like a fierce competitor, but on the inside we’re racking up losses. The best thing to do is call a timeout and consider the goal. If you are a follower of Jesus, you are not your own. You’ve been bought with a price. The old is gone, the new has come. If you’re not a follower of Jesus, then it’s those two little words you need to focus on, “in Christ.” Have you thought about those two little words? More importantly, can you claim them yourself? That game is a lock. You can know for sure that in Christ, you will never lose. You stand in victory and at the end of this life you will hear the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Great game. Great win.

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