Spring is in the air!
Over next few weeks the top eight teams will line up against each other to see who will come out on top and win the ultimate prize.
At this time of the year no coach wants to convince any player that they need to give their best. What they need are players who are ready to give everything if they are going to enjoy team success.
In the same way, looks for people who are ready to give everything for glory that will never fade. Whether it’s our time, our treasure or talent, God loves a ready and cheerful giver:
‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver’ – 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
The word ‘cheerful’ here literally describes someone who is ‘ready to act because [they are] already persuaded or won over’ (HWS). No compulsion is needed as there is a readiness to give whatever it takes to see the team win.
One thing coaches often talk about post match is the level of ‘effort’ their players brought to the game. The more effort, the greater the reward and the more likely the results will fall your way.
In a similar way, we also reap a reward according to the level of ‘effort’ we bring:
‘Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously’ (9:6)
To some this may seem exhausting. You’ve already given all you have and wonder, “how am I meant to push even further?”
The great news is that God doesn’t sit on the sidelines but gives us all we need to win. He is like the physio, the fitness staff and the coach who not only give us the game plan, but the resource we need to win:
‘And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work’ (9:8)
Whether your playing on the turf this spring or not, its finals time. Our time is short and we’ve got one shot at this. Never give up but keep standing firm until the end!
‘Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain’ – 1 Corinthians 15:8 (NIV)