Not a Competition
Not a Competition

Not a Competition

Not a Competition

It has often amazed me how some people can be super competitive, while others couldn’t care less. For instance, Millionaire Richard B. Mellon famously said on his deathbed, to his brother, “Last Tag. You’re it.” Thus completing their seven-decade game of tag. That’s some dedication. Contrast that with those that quickly realize some things aren’t really worth competing over. It took me a while to realize this.

For over ten years I played a lunch-time basketball game with a group of guys from work. At first those games were a battle among middle aged warriors. Then one guy blew out an ACL, then another his Achilles. One day I looked over to the bleachers and noticed they were completely empty. Nobody on earth cared about these games. Not even our wives came. Occasionally a dad would bring a kid and they would just play under the bleachers. Not even our own flesh and blood cared! What became more important than winning at that point was making it back to the office in one piece, surviving to play another day.

The Good News

One beautiful part of following Christ is that we’re not in a game of competition. I said Sunday that the men’s event this Saturday was going to be better than the women’s event (for the men, at least). But both the men and the women would be quick to say they want the next event to be better than the last, to see even more men and then even more women come to know and follow Christ. That is our goal, to tell others about the wonder of the gospel of Jesus Christ that Paul outlined in I Corinthians 15:

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand… that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”

Good News not Good Advice

The word “Gospel” simply means “good news.” Tim Keller famously said the Gospel is good news, not simply good advice. The good news is that God came to do what we could not do on our own: rescue us from our sin.

My prayer for us this week is that God would open doors for us to talk with our neighbors, friends, family, classmates and coworkers about this good news. May God use each of us to reach PRP, Valley Station, Shively, Iroquois, and all of Southwest Louisville!

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