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Cutting Down The Nets

By Don Loftis | 04.09.14

The men and women have both completed their NCAA basketball tourneys for this year.  It is exciting to watch the winners celebrate by cutting down the nets.  All of their hard work paid off with a national championship.  However, along the way dozens of other teams lost their last game.  Some sat in stunned silence, while others openly wept.  For them there was no thrill of victory only the agony of defeat.

The Christian’s victory in Christ certainly shares some similarities with the basketball national champions.   It is the attainment of a goal and fulfillment of a stated dream.  It offers significant recognition by those around us, and it is the occasion of great celebration.

However, there is one tremendous difference.  Ultimately, only one team could win in the tourney.  Paul recognized that only one runner could win the race at the track meet (I Cor. 9:24).  However the crown of life that Jesus offers is available to all.  Anticipating  his own death, Paul wrote Timothy (II Tim. 4:8) “In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”  We are not competing against each other.  Everyone can be a winner!

It is amazing how few are interested in the greatest race of their lives.  Too few are seeking the Lord’s will first, and too few are looking forward to Jesus’ appearing.  Too many are choosing to miss the joy of “cutting down the nets.”

 


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