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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM …'” — Exodus 3:14

Simply Put

Coaches are infamous for coining and overusing phrases that make points which are important to them, turning what began as a clever original thought into just another example of jargon.

Former NFL coach John Fox did that — repeatedly — when he coached the Carolina Panthers. He’d say, “It is what it is,” as a way to forego extensive explanation in favor of a rather boring statement of fact. Fox was right in that no matter how good or bad his play-calling or coaching decisions had been, the results were set. There was nothing he could do to change them.

In the Kingdom of God, Fox’s phrase expresses a much more profound spiritual truth. Our current state — as a believer or non-believer in Christ, as someone walking with the Lord or walking away from Him — is a fixed condition unless we willfully make a change. Also set is Jesus’ desire for us to be unrelentingly devoted to Him — not lukewarm.

Our eternity is at stake. His call to any of us who want to be true disciples demands that we face our current reality and respond accordingly. The solution He offers stands: Salvation and abundant life are a free gift of grace, awaiting our acceptance. It is what it is, as it always has been and always will be. How wonderful!

Charles Chandler

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