Today, all of the teams in the National Football League are able to get a deal done with their free agents and also begin to talk with free agents from other teams which they can’t sign till Friday. This is going to be the craziest free agency period in the history of sports.
There will be so many signings that take place Friday morning that it will be tough for everyone to keep track. I got caught up in the excitement Monday night hearing about all the undrafted free agents agreeing to join with teams to go to training camps later this week. Plus, the rookies that were drafted will now be slotted with the rookie wage scale rather than top picks getting $50 million in guaranteed money without playing a down.
However, in all the talks about players changing teams, it is always good to think and realize that God will never allow us to change teams once we are on his team. The best part is we don’t have to worry about completing any incentives in our deal because the Lord ultimately saves us through his grace if we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Take a look at one of the most iconic verses in the Bible in which Paul writes to the church at Ephesus:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
This year, under this new collective bargaining agreement, players can become free agent after four years of service with one team. When God is our owner, we “dwellin the house of the LORD forever. (Psalm 23:10)”. Just knowing that should make you want to repent of your sins and turn to Christ Jesus! Once God puts us in His hand or on His team, He will never let us go.
Today, I exhort you to look to the true owner and that is Jesus Christ. He is preparing a place in Heaven for every single one of his believers who confess that He is Lord. In the next few days, owners will be handing out money to players left and right. However, Paul tells the Corinthians that God paid a price that is the greatest sacrifice of all. “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
As the players try to live up to the contracts they get this year, we should try to be an example in everything we do for our owner who died on the cross so that we can be redeemed from sin and death. Keep glorifying God in everything that you do and even in success; always remember that the Lord loves you in both the good times and the bad. Finally, keep in mind that whenever you feel distress about being on His team, go to the Lord for support and pray for the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to openly profess your faith and not feel ashamed about being on the Lord’s team.