We here in America love our sports. In so many ways it has helped our country come together in times of crisis. Do we truly love each other the way we are supposed to, or do we allow the things that we see fit in our own personal life be the factor on rather we love the next person accordingly. See for my life I have been a Kansas City Chiefs fan my whole life. In these 38 years I have had a lot of ups and downs. We here in Kansas hold on to things and stay true to what matters. It is as if the walls are coming down around us though. In my life I have found a lot of heart ache and it was all induced by my own choices. We all have choices to make and we cannot blame our choices on anyone but ourselves once we become old enough to acknowledge right from wrong. Now of course if one person is raised around anger, hate, and confusion then there selection of choices won’t be the same as those raised around love, patience, and discipline.
My life can be compared to my being a Chiefs fan. I have battled drugs, pride, sexual lust, and the love of money. Among so many other obstacles along the way it has been a lot of ups and downs. We can get so caught up in the moments of life that we actually miss the moment we are living in at the present time. Denomination in the religious world actually means division. Being raised a Baptist I would always hear about how we had the answers supposedly. Meanwhile people would say that other denominations were wrong in so many ways. It is just like being a fan of the Chiefs we inherit the dislike, for some hate, of the Raiders or Broncos. Why? Well it is the urge to be accepted in the crowd we try to be accepted into. If we would all stop and think about, then we could actually see that division is everywhere. Every league has divisions and in these divisions we are fans that are divided. We can say it doesn’t matter but the truth is it does. God is a loose term for the one and only God, Yahweh. This name means “I AM” in English. This was what God told Moses to tell the Israelites when they asked who sent him. Lately I ask myself this question, “Who am I”? My life was so incomplete in so many ways until I found the truth in the Son of the great I am. Now I know who I am, a Son of God saved by the grace of God that came though the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
We can tell ourselves that we are good people and we can do good things but in reality we all have secrets, and we all feel division at times. It has just become so normal that we don’t even question it anymore. To be complete is impossible when we don’t have the missing piece that completes us all. The spirit of God is that missing link and when someone truly believes on the name of Jesus then this links us to the Spirit we are missing. We have been deceived to believe that sports and careers are more important than being honest within ourselves. In the process of chasing these deceptions we will do what it takes to please the people we need to get what we think we want. In the process we get hurt and will fail on long the way. God never fails to see us this whole time we are searching for this false happiness. Look at men and women that chase the titles of sports and even if they win the thrill is short lived before they want to get another one. These things have become the God’s of our lives. Jesus summed up the commandments of Yahweh in the truth of love.
28 One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”
29 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord;
30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
31 “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
We have been deceived into believing that God can be second in our lives. Going to some building to play church doesn’t make you anymore of a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a car. We are divided in our own hearts, and how can we begin to come together if we aren’t even together from within. God wants our hearts and like any loving father, He loves to watch us have fun. The problem is that the so called fun we think we are having is tearing us away from the first love we were meant to have all along. We will raise our hands and cheer for the sports we watch but when it comes to raising our hands to the one who gives us life we are numb. The time has come that people have to get real with themselves, and in order to do this they have to get real with God. God sees it all anyway but He waits for us to give it to Him. It isn’t truly fair for Him to force us to give Him things. The pain, the addictions, the God’s we make in our lives can all be given to Him. He wants our hearts to be complete, not divided! The only person that can hold us back from getting on the road to completion is one’s own self. If you are on this road to completion then you know the finished product is only reached in Heaven. For now though we are called to love the others who don’t understand, and shine our light bright so that they will want to understand. This is the only way to close the gaps of division. Abraham Lincoln was noted for saying “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Well where do you think He got these words?
24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”
25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.
26 “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
Isn’t it amazing how the men were only talking amongst themselves, but Jesus knew their thoughts and responded with such insight. The power of God is so amazing and Jesus was indwelled with this power. In this power, there is an even more amazing love!