Do Your Talkin’ On The Court and Prove It On The Field

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Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. I Kings 18:21

Christians say that their God is the real McCoy. Christians say that Jesus Christ is in fact the Son of God. Christians say that their God is the King of Kings and Lord of lords, the King above all Gods. I say, we need to do our talking on the court and we need to prove it on the field.

If our God is in fact “The God,” and the “Only Wise God,” then the proof should be in the pudding. The law and the facts, the evidence and our testimony, the confirmation and the substantiation of our reigning, ruling and righteous LORD God should in fact be our lives. The support for our Almighty, all-powerful, omnipotent and omniscient, terrible and terrific God must be in the life of a sinner turned into a saint.

LeSean McCoy was the NFL’s rushing leader last year. And the Eagles beat Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. That was then; this is now. Now, if my Eagles are to defend their NFC East crown and advance further in the playoffs this year, they’re going to have to do their tailing “on the court” and prove their dominance on the field.

Our God does His talking on the court and He proves Himself on the field. He is the God of upsets, comebacks and turnarounds. And He is the God of victory and triumph. Athletically speaking, in college basketball, Kentucky is No. 1 in the polls. And as long as they keep winning by double-digit margins, they are in fact doing their talking on the court. On the gridiron, Alabama, TCU, Oregon and Florida St. all say that they should be in the college football playoffs and that they in fact will win the National Championship of College Football. (Did I hear someone say Ohio State?) I say, prove it on the field.

Elijah did his talking on the court and he proved that His God was supreme and superior on the field. Elijah declared that Jehovah was God. Not Baal. Not Ashtoreth. Not any other “god.” Only the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had won the right to be called God. And the prophet set out to prove it.

So how about it? Are you up to the challenge? Are you willing to let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify God the Father, the only true God, in Heaven? If God is God, then proving it should be a piece of cake.

When we do our talking on the court and allow God to prove Himself on the field, we do not minimize living a saintly life. When we do things God’s way and run our race in God’s lane, since we are made in God’s likeness, proving His sovereignty and majesty and authority should in fact be easier done than said.

Who’s On First, What’s On Second, And I Don’t Know’s On Third: a.k.a. Who’s Number One In Your Heart?

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Who’s No. 1? Ole Miss is ranked number one in the Polls, both AP (Associated Press) and the Coaches.  They have a 9 – 0 record, have impressed everybody who’s watching and have a good test against No. 24 LSU this weekend.  The question is, can they hang on and hang in and hold on to the top spot through the remainder of the season? 

So who’s really No. 1? Florida State is also undefeated, but they have barely eked out a few wins, especially against Notre Dame.  Mississippi is the third remaining undefeated team, and Alabama, Auburn and Oregon all have one loss. Four teams will make the cut for the first ever college playoffs, and so we all will have to wait and see who makes the cut.

The Number One seed, the number one ranking and being number one is like the pole position in auto racing and the first chair in an orchestra; it means you’re the best of the best. And to be the best you have to beat the best, or so says Kobi Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.    And he’s right. The best is better than all of the rest.

“On First” is a euphemism for who’s first in your life and in your heart. “Who’s on First?” is a comedy routine made famous by Abbott and Costello. The premise of the sketch is that Abbott is identifying the players on a baseball team for Costello, but their names and nicknames can be interpreted as non-responsive answers to Costello’s questions. For example, the first baseman is named “Who”; thus, the utterance “Who’s on first” is ambiguous between the question (“Which person is the first baseman?”) and the answer (“The name of the first baseman is ‘Who’”). It’s hilarious. 

So who’s your No. 1? Who is first place in your heart and in your life? God is and must be first. He must be number one, in first place and alone at the top in your life. He is the Only Wise God, the King above all Kings, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and the Almighty God. The Bible says that “the LORD is a great God, a great King above all gods” (Psalm 95:3).  

Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others do?” It was a test. Why? Because when we make Him first, He will move Heaven and earth for us.  We love Him, because He first loved us.  We are to love God more than we love anyone and anything else.  Nothing and nobody comes before Him. Everything and anything, everyone and anyone comes a distant second to the One and Only.

God is Numero Uno, the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. Beside Him there is no other.  So pledge your allegiance and devote your attention and focus your affection on the God of Heaven. There’s none other that can compare with Him.  He truly is on first.