Last night, the NFL preseason got underway as football is finally back. In the first games for teams this weekend, we don’t usually see the starters play a lot of minutes. However, it is a chance for NFL coaches and scouts to check out their new players such as rookies and undrafted free agents trying to make the cut.
The rosters start at 90 players this week and will dwindle down to just 46 active players by the time we get to the opening kickoff game between the Saints and Packers on September 8th. That’s why I always loved the show Hard Knocks. HBO didn’t have it this year due to the lack of time for training camps and no team interest. The show always gave you the stories of the superstars, but also gave the NFL fan stories about guys just making the team. As we know, a guy who was picked late in the draft or not picked at all can become that superstar (i.e Tom Brady, Kurt Warner).
Whether you are the star quarterback or the last player on the roster, God looks at His children in the same light. We are all brothers and sisters because we are united through our faith in Jesus Christ. That is exactly what Paul tells the people in Galatia who thought you can follow Christ, but you also had to fulfill the Law of Moses and go through circumcision. “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:26-29).
Sometimes, when we are with people, we sometimes wonder how we could possibly be friends with those people. They might not be just like us, but in the end, we embrace our friendships and love one another because of our faith in Jesus. Today, I exhort you to not think too highly of yourself because we have a God who is higher in power than anything you can possibly imagine! A professional team has players that unite for one thing and that is to win a championship. We should be doing the same, but uniting for a different reason and that is to honor the true champion of sin and death, Jesus Christ!