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7/18/14 at 01:21 PM 0 Comments

World Cup and the Tears of Brazil

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It was quite moving to watch the Brazilians weep at the loss to Germany in the final rounds of the World Cup competition. The tears and great grief were not faked …rather the flow demonstrated the love they had for their own and the biting pain of watching the Germans score goal after goal. One learns so much from the truth that it is natural to support only one team and the joy of one is often the pain of another.

This can be related to John’s Epistle when he warns that we cannot be happy when the world scores nor can the world be happy when Christ scores. Christians will often ask “ how can we be sure we are children of God ? …” but the answer is simple … “ are you on the Lord's side? …who are you supporting? …the world or Christ?” Every time a soul returns home and the kingdom of God is extended you are rejoicing as a goal is scored again for Christ …and when the world opposes the will of God and nations are bewitched by idolatry, Christians are burdened with a sorrow.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever

When you are laughing with the world and moved to rejoice when the world scores, that should simply tell you to whom you belong. Do you feel comfortable with that team you are celebrating with?

But our sorrow differs from that of the Brazilians …ours is a momentary sorrow in that we know that in the end, we have a victory already won for us in Christ. But there is still a sorrow for sin … a mourning for the burial of truth.

John also explains that the world even if it scores many goals - is passing way … an ultimately defeated team. Are you using your talents for God? Are you playing on the side of Christ? Can you say you have a passion for God that exceeds that of the fans of Germany all over the world? Do you sense an ecstatic joy when Christ scores again and again or are you strangely sitting on the bench -undiscerning of the battles on the spiritual pitch. Christ also warns that the lukewarm are definitely not on His side? How hot is your support?

John says the captain of the world’s team is the devil …his main strikers , lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life …while the Holy Spirit is the captain of Christ’s team … his main players righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

The glories of the world are all vanity and they pass away whether in sports, entertainment, politics … but there are things that will not ever pass away to be found in the kingdom of God. You will surely know where you are by your inclinations and what you are drawn to …or the things that excite your passions … when evangelism and the work of God consumes you, will you not stand out in a world that has other priorities. Imagine how annoying the German fans must have looked to the Brazilians and vice-versa …

Come to Christ today…His Spirit is inviting you to the winning team … He is surely a great rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.

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