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A Super Lesson Posted 1.30.2015

Super Bowl Sunday has arrived.  The distinctly American “holiday” is here.  I must say I can’t wait for the snack table to be filled.  Fortunately (well, not so good for the waistline), Danny is home for the weekend which means there will be a bountiful snack table.  It is tough to watch The Game without some appropriate munchies available for consumption, right?  What’s a holiday without some high-calorie food? 


There is one thing that I can say for sure about the big game today – everyone on the field is going to have either one of two uniforms on.  The Nautical Blue, Red, New Century Silver, and White of the Patriots, or the College Navy, Action Green and Wolf Grey of the Seahawks.  In other words, you will always be able to tell who is playing for which team.  That’s the point of the uniform.  You can’t always tell who’s on which team by the way they act, but you can tell who’s who by the uniform.  I will avoid all those colors on Sunday in my attempt at perceived neutrality.


But the appropriate question is this:  What does your “uniform” communicate about your team identity.  Oh, I’m not talking about Seahawks and Patriots.  A follower of Jesus Christ should be known by what he or she wears.  In Galatians 5:22, it says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”


In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, it says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”


When Jesus walked on this earth, he showed us how to live by the Spirit.  He taught us to love one another.   A follower of Jesus lives like He lived.  He wears “Jesus colors.”


Our uniform is seen in our actions. What are you known for?  What colors do you wear? Proverbs 20:11 says, “Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?”


On the field our uniform identifies us. But in life our actions identify us.  Do our actions identify us as being followers of Jesus Christ?  Or do we way too often wear the team colors of the world.  We just look like another member of Team Worldly. 


What jersey are you wearing today? We need to wear the jersey for Team Jesus.  But that’s often tough to do as we fight the draw of the flesh.  Today is not just about snacks and commercials – but learn a lesson as you watch the Super Bowl.  Do I reflect that I’ve been chosen to be on Team Jesus?  Am I living out what it means to love?  Am I showing joy and peace and patience?  Am I a crazy fan for Jesus?  Or for the world?

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