Thursday, December 22, 2011
Today’s Topic: Which Team Are You On?
Today’s Text: Isaiah 56:1 “This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.”
I know – you are probably very tired of sports analogies, but I must do this because it is a good illustration of the truth God has placed in my heart this morning.
In my closet are five articles of clothing that represent the football team I support. Now for those of you with humorous minds, I know what you are thinking. “And that’s where they should stay.” But I don’t have them to hide them. I wear them. In fact, it is so well known that I am a fan of this team that even when I wear that color of clothing without any reference to the team on it, people make comments about my team. It happened last Sunday at church when I wore a purple sweater.
In the past few years, when another team that is popular in this area has played for the championship, I have supported my friends by wearing the colors of their team. One year I even wore an official team jersey of that color to a church event. The people who saw me when I came in with that jersey on were shocked. They were confused. They knew that I was taking a stand for something that I had never supported before. I felt out of place. It was awkward. They had no reason to believe that I was being sincere, for there had been no past experience upon which they could base their trust.
Soon and very soon the Salvation of the Lord will be upon the earth. Soon God’s righteousness will be revealed by the Righteous One appearing on the earth to establish His kingdom. It will be a kingdom ruled with justice and perfect righteousness. The weak will be made strong. The poor will have all their needs met. Victims will cease to be victimized and every act of sin will be exposed. Hate will disappear in the presence of perfect Love.
When all this happens, what will the people of the world say about you and me?
- Will they know that we have been consistent supporters of God’s kingdom?
- Will they recognize the banners now flying over the earth because they have seen us wearing the same colors proudly every day?
- Will they be thankful for the foundation that we laid in their lives and in our culture that prepared the way for the King to take His throne?
- Or will they wonder with good reason why at the last minute it appears we are switching teams?
Think on these things.