So it was Friday afternoon and I checked facebook and there is a message from Jadee that we have a gig to do the next day. Anytime ministry comes up I usually drop most things (except my wife) and say this is my calling so I will not pass up the opportunity. So I asked what time…… 3:30pm. It dawned on me, the champions league final is at 2:45. Anyone who really knows what my fb wall looks like on a morning knows that it always has something about football or some sport and lots of things about Jesus, the Bible and Christianity and the odd picture of the day.
So a war started to begin in my mind. One that wanted to say no to going out and ministering to young men at a camp and yes to going and lime with the fellas from church and watch the champions league final. What compounded my issue more was that Inter Milan was in the final and it’s been years since one of my two favorite sides has reached the final. The war continued for a while and it was noticeably hard to do the right thing which was to just realize that football was no where close to important as impacting the lives of unsaved young men with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then I realized by that simple tussle that I was not as sold out as I think I am. I was faced with:
1. seek pleasure
2. make sacrifice
In the end I had to suck it up and do what the bible says because when Jesus told told those disciples in Luke 9:23 that you have to deny YOURSELF and follow him he was not saying it for fun or meaning something that does not apply today. It is specifically for those who want to be like Jesus, which is easy to say, but difficult to do. So I told Jadee yes and I told him the lil dilema that just went on with my flesh and my spirit cuz we good like dat…. and he laughed. It was a serious reality check for me because, basically when faced with decisions to please our selves or make a sacrifice for the sake of Jesus many times we don’t even put up a fight, much less realize that it is a fight. If the decision was to:
a) watch a Lifetime Movie
b) go to minister to young people with no promised compensation
Of course ministering would be a no brainier cuz I don’t like lifetime movies, no battle of flesh there. But in this because I love football a problem arose.
The end product was that on the way to the venue we found out that due to unforeseen circumstances the opportunity was not available anymore and I had to turn back and eventually get to watch the whole game. If I wanted to get religious I could say:
That was a sign from God to test my faith and see if I would really go because he already planned and ordained for it to not happen but he wanted to see if I was willing.
or I want to say:
God wanted me to watch the football after all cuz he knows I love it.
At the end of the day the basis of it is how important is the work of God in my life as opposed to the things I want in my life.
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.
If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.