Wimbledon 2015 Through God’s Eyes
“In the last days…men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”
2 Timothy 3:1-4 (NKJV)
Wimbledon mania is over. The dust is settling on the courts. Tennis is a great game to watch. I watched a few selective matches. These men and women players give their utmost. They do not give up until the last match point and are totally focused on winning every point. Mentally and physically they are fully prepared and take a lot of punishment to their bodies using every ounce of their energy.
The rewards are massive. The financial benefit is to the tune of 1.88 million pounds for the winner of the Grand Slam. That is a lot of money. Are they worth it? For two weeks people were willing to pay the exorbitant price for the tickets, and millions were glued to the TV.
It is not tennis only but also many other major sporting events such as football, rugby, golf, snooker, darts, basketball, wrestling, boxing, athletics, gambling, horse racing, Formula 1 racing, and many more attractions which drive people in throngs to stadiums, golf courses and cinemas paying hard earned money for their momentary pleasures.
The world offers escapes from true reality through temporary pleasures, but Jesus promises abundant life for evermore (John 10:10). Many have made pleasure their god and alas, some become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, as the verse above says. When I see such masses of people spending their time in pursuit of pleasure, I think of time lost in productivity. Don’t take me wrong. I love sports and have taken part in different sporting activities myself. It was enjoyable, but we need balance. Let us have our focus on things above, and enjoy sports moderately. I take delight in seeking God, for there is pleasure evermore in His presence and fullness of joy as we read in Psalm 16:11.
While watching a few games, I noticed how dedicated these players were—putting their hearts into every stroke. I felt ashamed of myself because I do not seek God with such intensity as I saw in them seeking their goal. Isaiah 55:6 tells us to, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” I do not want to serve first serve or the second serve or the ace, but life long service as a living sacrifice to God, for I know that He has laid a crown of righteousness by for me, which is more valuable than any medal or money. (2 Timothy 4:8)
God Most High in heaven, Abba Father, I thank you for your word giving us proper perspective to live a new life in Christ, setting our eyes on the things above. Help me to serve you with a willing heart. I ask this in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Study by Natu Moti
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