Which Team Are You On?

No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.

Luke 16:13

I love the way the Lord puts “object lesson” in my head.  Things that I can truly relate to, to understand His ways.

Picture this scenario, if you will.

You are at a football game – let’s say the Superbowl.  Okay, let’s say Superbowl 46 – Giants vs. Patriots.

Okay, let’s say your a Patriots fan.  You finally find your seat.  You get situated, and then you look at the person next to you.  They are wearing a Giants jersey.  Okay, you figure they’re in the wrong section.

So, being “neighborly” you gently say, “Dude, I think you’re in the wrong section, the Giants’ section is on the other side of the field.”  He just looks at you and says, “No, I’m in the right seat.”

Okay, you look around to see if any one else has noticed this guy, and you spot many other guys looking at him as if he’s lost his mind, especially after hearing his answer.

Well, so be it….

The game starts.  Your “Giants-jerseyed” neighbor starts cheering for the Patriots!

You’re totally perplexed, but at least relieved that he’s not cheering for the Giants…..

The whole game, he cheers for the Patriots.  He does victory dances as the Patriots score.  He is frustrated with each set-back that they suffer.  At one point, he even takes off the jersey, then puts it back on, and ultimately he cries at the defeat that the Giants deliver to them.

Afterwards, you just have to ask this guy what’s up.

You say, “Bud, you’re wearing a Giants jersey – yet you acted like a Patriots fan – what’s up with that?”

He looks at you and sadly replies – “Yeah, well, my brother plays for the Giants and he bought me this shirt – so I felt a loyalty to wear the jersey, but I really like the Patriots.”

Okay, here’s the point.  How many of us are “wearing” the “jersey” of Christianity.  Our “jersey”, too, was bought at the greatest Price – Christ life! This is, to the world, showing them that we belong to God’s “team”.  Yet, we are out there, wholeheartedly engaged in what the world is doing because we like it better.

We want our cake and the ability to eat it, too.  It doesn’t work that way.

So, we need to choose our “team”, wear the right “jersey”, and remain loyal to the end – to the jersey that we’re wearing!

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