Being on Jesus’ Team


Guatemala missionary soccer

There’s me going for the ball on a corner kick.

We were losing miserably, but I wasn’t miserable. We were down 4-1 in the first half, which is the kind of score in soccer that usually makes you pray for the end of the match to hurry forward. It’s a humiliation, and I wasn’t humiliated.

In fact, I was downright buoyant! I knew we were going to come back and win. Why? Because I was on Mario’s team.

Iglesia cristiana La Puerta GuatemalaI learned soccer as a missionary at 35 years of age. Mario was a master. He plays dominant soccer. He never gives up. He fixes the problems by scolding the kids (or me). He always comes from behind. I can’t remember the time he lost.

Blogging more than jogging

In the second half, the other team wore out. We started clicking. At the end of the day, we won 8-5. I played horribly, as was to be expected from a guy who’s been blogging more than jogging. But who cares? My team won! Ha!

street preaching

After service, we went out on the streets to preach.

So too, when you’re on Jesus’ team, no matter what the score, you don’t worry. You don’t pray for the end of the match to come. You don’t panic. You don’t entertain the stupidity of changing sides. He’ll effect the come-back. He’ll make the adjustments to make the church work. Ha!

And if you play poorly, who cares? You win. Because you belong to the winning team.

29 responses to “Being on Jesus’ Team

  1. Beautiful word of encouragement. I needed that!

  2. This is great. Thank You Lord!

  3. You are doing a great work! Encouraging words!great friend! Blessings! !!

  4. Thank you this is wonderful and a good thought for me today.

  5. Reblogged this on A Christian Warrior and commented:
    A wonderful thought and so true. May it also inspire and help you

  6. Reblogged this on maefromheaven and commented:
    We belong to the winning team! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I especially enjoyed the thoughts in this post. I was just mentioning a similar concept to a friend yesterday: being a prayer warrior is like being a “bench-warmer” on Jesus’ Super Bowl team. You may not get any time right on the field, but you’re still a contributor – and you still get a ring at the end of the game. I love the analogy you’ve depicted here! Thanks and God’s blessings on your on-going Victories in Christ!

  8. Steven Paul, a Christ follower...

    No one wants to know about the ending of a book or movie before they finish with it. But in the case of the end of all things, it is nice to know the outcome!

    “Team Jesus” takes the everlasting Gold medal…

    Great post.
    Steven

  9. Hi. I just discovered your site today. It’s delightful. I will be in strong agreement with you for the Lord’s greatest blessings on your work. I loved this article, and it is so true. It reminded me of a very short post I did on one of my blogs a couple of years ago about winning with Jesus. You might enjoy it, so I’ll leave you the link:
    http://hanginoutwithgod.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/you-win/
    Blessings.
    Sandra

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