Which Team Are You Cheering For?
Let’s imagine for a moment you are at the game of all games; and the winner of this game will determine your final destiny, meaning you must be cheering for the right team. You have team white and team black, team white represents all that is good and acceptable in the eyes of man while black represents what is deemed to be bad, corrupt and each player is believed to have this undesirable ominous look about them. So of course, there in the stands there are people cheering for both teams but are they sure of what exactly they are cheering for.
What were the determining factors that made you choose the team you chose? Was/is it based upon factual information or did you decide based on the colors they were wearing and how they looked? Or was it what someone else said that caused you to choose the team. You see, I learned long ago, that looks can deceive the best of us. Just because the team looks like some questionable characters doesn’t mean that they are. It could be because they worked very hard to get to where they were, and the battle wounds left a different kind of scar on them… While the team dressed in white were thought to look pristine and together, well-oiled and trained, this could have been a most intricate disguise. Kind of reminds me of the scripture that says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, God, forbid that any of us was to be deceived by cheering for the wrong team, hence sealing our faith to a place that looks nothing like what they were cheering for.
We have to learn to look beyond the outer appearances in order to determine what really lies beneath the surface. What looks good on the outside is sometimes much worse than what we may have perceived it to be. This doesn’t mean that everything that looks good isn’t good and everything that looks bad isn’t bad, but it is saying that we should look beyond the cover of the book before deciding what the story is all about. Sometimes we are rooting for the wrong team. We should not just examine the motives of the players, but our own motive for our choices as well. We can learn a lot about ourselves if we study the Word of God and not just preach it but apply it to our own lives. I believe this particular verse is one that every believer knows, but not always apply to their lives; “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthian 13:5).
Let us then, now knowing better, choose to do better…