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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, November 5, 2018

“I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” — Acts 26: 17-18

Shining the Light

In 2016, their first year back in Los Angeles, the Rams averaged 14 points per game, the lowest of any team in the NFL, and finished 4-12. Quarterback Jared Goff threw five touchdowns and seven interceptions in seven starts, all losses.

When Sean McVay was hired as the team’s head coach for the 2017 season, everything changed. With the same core group of players, the Rams led the NFL in scoring. Goff threw for more than 250 yards per game with 28 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. By introducing fresh and innovative offensive ideas, McVay was able to help his players reach their full potential and make the Rams one of the best teams in the NFL. 

Christ commands us to go and help bring people from darkness to light through the Gospel. God’s primary approach to reaching those who haven’t heard the Good News is sending His followers who have already experienced it. Christians are tasked with spreading the message of God’s love where they are, as well as advancing it to the ends of the earth so everyone can confess Jesus is Lord.  

One of the interesting things about darkness is that, by definition, it can’t be measured. It is simply the absence of light. The way to eliminate darkness is shining light into areas that have very little, which is exactly what God has tasked us with doing. We are the ones spreading the light of Christ into our dark world so desperately in need of a savior.

Every interaction we have is an opportunity to provide hope and joy to someone because of what Jesus has done. 

Joshua Doering

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