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Topic: Right and Left (07/31/14)
- TITLE: No Third Group
By Olawale Ogunsola
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There are several sets of people associated with sport; they play different roles.
Walking with Christ is compared with sports by Apostle Paul, "... and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us."
Now let us consider three groups, among others, involved in sports.
Spectators are always available to watch a football match. This may be around the pitch or kilometres away through the media. They do so for various reasons including the desire to be happy and have something else to take their minds away from current personal challenges, at least for a while.
It is easier for them to see mistakes of those who are sweating on the field/ tracks to outwit their opponents. They see the rise and fall of players and comment on such in various ways.
Paul, the Apostle, also note this in Christian walk when he declared, "we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which cling so closely... "
So, the GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES who surround the saints closely watch and comment on their acts. When a saint falls ( God forbid! ) and when he rises ( because his is able to by God's grace), they are not left out . They will always have something to say !
This is not peculiar to saints today!
Galilean spectators were there when Jesus was taken "up , and a cloud received him out of their sight." They were there gazing! As it was, so it is and so shall it be when Jesus comes again.
These are the people who are in love with either a team or a player and are ready to demonstrate their power to support a team or player of their choice. Many of them are even ready to lay down their lives for the team or player they support .
Certain supporters will be on the side of their "lover" when he does wrong and will not welcome any penaly due.
Most of the times they are authors of confusion .
Supporters are not missing among saints of Christ. Acts 1 discloses;
"....for it has been reported to me (Paul) by Chloe's people that there is quarrelling among you, my brethren.
What I mean is that each one of you says, ' I belong to Paul,' or ' I belong to Apollos, ' or ' I belong to Cephas,' or 'I belong to Christ'. Is Christ divided?"
Apostle Paul appealed to brethren that there should be no dissension or division.
These are the poeople in the center of sports . Everything revolves round them. No players , no other groups. They are the crux of sports. However, these people also fall into two sets.
First are those who played the game according to rules and regulations . They behave well on the pitch and are well rewarded.
Second are those who fail absolutely to abide by the rules of sports. These foul players are often penalized.
Among players are those who win laurels.
A DAY OF SEPARATION
At the end of every competition, there is always a day and time when winners will be separated from losers.
A day of separation is on the way for people of the world when they will be classified into two.
In the King's kingdom, they are given the names " the righteous" and " the unrighteous".
The righteous are those faithful players who run their race slowly, steadily and surely serving the Lord. These are separated as sheep to be on the right hand of the King of kings. While others are grouped on His left.
Where will you be on that day?
" Do you not know that in a race all the runner compete but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it!"
Bible references from Revised Standard Version are : -
1. Acts 1:9-11
2. I Corinthians 1:11-13
3. I Corinthians 9:24.
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