Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, September 6, 2018

“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the Heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” — Hebrews 3:1

Jesus is Greater

The writer of Hebrews aims to make sure we know that Jesus is greater than everything else. The question should be asked daily: “Is Jesus greater than everything in your life?” The Hebrews struggled on whether Jesus was greater than angels, prophets, Moses and even sacrifices. Those questions may not resonate with you, but what rivals Jesus in your life?

There’s no better time to ask yourself this question than right now. This is a prime time of the year for sports to rival our relationship with Jesus. It’s easy to get lost in the highs and lows of our favorite teams as they start a fresh season or compete for a playoff spot. Are your emotions moved by God’s blessings in the same way as when your team scores that go-ahead touchdown? Are you as frustrated with sin as that bad play call or strikeout? What rules your thoughts during the day? These momentary reflections are sure to illuminate our need for God’s never-ending grace.

Clemson Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said recently, “Probably the greatest accomplishment that I have had to this point is to see my three sons come to know Christ and to know him as their Lord and Savior.” This is coming from a man who has won a national championship as a coach and player. His words prove to us what is ultimately important in this lifetime.

This time of year brings Christ-followers an extraordinary opportunity to connect and disciple others using sports as a vessel. Sports provide a commonality with others who may not have felt the love of Jesus in their lives. Let’s use this time to glorify God and make disciples. Let us not forget the One who sustains our lives and never changes!

— Ryan Noelte

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