This past weekend was the Florida/Georgia game. Two hundred thousand people pulled into downtown Jacksonville for the game or to tailgate with other Gator and Bulldog fans. Trust me, you don’t want to go downtown on Friday or Saturday unless you’re a fan. Traffic patterns are adjusted and getting anywhere is a real bear.
I wonder what would happen if instead of cheering for a football team, all those people started chanting the name of Jesus. Can you imagine two hundred thousand people yelling for God? It would be an awesome sound.
What you spend the most time on is your top priority. If during football season you chose not to go to church because you might miss the game, you’re telling God that football is more important than Him. That goes for spending all your time watching your kids play soccer or doing office work. And watching your kids play soccer while on your cell regarding office work is another issue all together.
Exodus 20:3 reads, You shall have no other gods before me. By placing all your time at work, toward your family, or a sporting event, you are putting a different idol before God.
You might argue that you have to work forty hours per week or you need time to get away so you enjoy your games. When you’re at work or these events, is God on your mind? Do you treat other people with Jesus in focus? Or is it all about work and play? When someone makes you angry do you fall into that trap of arguing back, or do you stop and say a quick prayer for the situation?
There are several ways to make God a priority in your life without carrying a Bible everywhere you go. You need to stay focused on what it is God wants you to do. You need to read the Bible so you have God’s words in your mind so when you need them, they’re there.
Going to football games and caring for your family is important. But nothing should take the place of God in your life. He should be your number one focus. When he is, everything else falls into place nicely. That’s not to say your team will win. I know, I’m a Jaguar fan. However, it will give you peace when your team loses, when your kids misbehave, or when your boss has a fit over something that’s not your fault.
What do you make a priority over God? Have you adjusted your thought process since becoming a Christian to make God number one? Once you get focused on God more than anything else you will have a peace over your life you would never have.
Remember a championship football team is good for only one season. God is an eternity.