If a person goes to church some Sunday at Mars Hills Church, in Seattle, Washington (USA), he or she might be sitting next to Russell Wilson, quarterback for the 2014 Superbowl champions, Seattle Seahawks. He, along with other members of the team and one of the coaches, have an interview on the internet by the pastor of the church. They are very outspoken about their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the gospel message of salvation. Not only that, they produced a DVD with their message, and distributed it to 28,000 fans at a recent football game.
In the interview these players said that having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is better than winning the superbowl. We, of course, will never hear this mentioned in the secular media. It is a side that most people don't see in football. While our culture has practically made a god out of this sport, there are many players and coaches who worship the one true God. The media and fans have elevated football to a higher level of importance than do some of the players.
There have been people who have said that Christianity is for the weak and wimpy. Not so, in this case, is it? Here are some mighty men of football who have recognized their need for a Savior. They have called upon God's grace and provision through the death and resurrection of Jesus, for their eternal salvation.
Even though these men are used to playing in stadiums full of tens of thousands of people, they are more concerned with what it says in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:1-3)
II Timothy 4:7-8 says, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who love His appearing." These men, and many others like them, are focused more on receiving the crown of righteousness given by God than getting the trophy given at the superbowl. These truly are men who are not only mighty on the field but also are experiencing the mighty work of God in their individual lives!
There is one more crown, however, and that is the crown of thorns that Jesus wore on his forehead when he died on the cross for you and me. Receive him today.
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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