Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” — John 10:10

Rules for Enjoyment

In tennis, there are boundaries and rules to abide by when you play. It is pretty easy to understand that rules are necessary for tennis to exist and to be enjoyed. This is clearly seen in singles and doubles, where many changes have occurred to the rules over the years that resulted in a more enjoyable sport to watch and play. Rules and boundaries in tennis thus create an environment where it can be fully enjoyed.

It is then a bit strange to see that people are usually apprehensive of rules and regulations in general, and feel that rules threaten their freedom. It is also a bit strange that some people see the Bible as full of rules and obligations, and that these rules are the main reason for them choosing not to follow Christ.

Don’t you think it is odd that the same people who enjoy the rules and boundaries in sports can also view rules and boundaries in life or in the Bible as negative?

The rules and regulations in the Bible — such as do not steal, do not murder and other standards like, “I am the gate, whoever enters through Me will be saved” (John 10:9) — are not there to inhibit freedom. It was commanded by God to create an environment where life can be fully enjoyed.

— George Carstens

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