The Game is Quick
In multiple ways the Christian scheme and life applies to athletic outcomes, dynamics, and events. However, in terms of swiftness it is like one sport in particular. After the score of the exhilarating touchdown in the game of football there is time for celebration. The game stops momentarily and a celebration begins. After the baseball or softball player smacks a homerun, the crowed cheers while the hitter slowly trots the bases in celebration. Soccer games are usually low scoring events, therefore celebration after a goal is enjoyed by fans and teammates. When Tiger hits a hole in one, truly the game stops and all celebrate.
All of the aforementioned athletic disciplines require speed. Speed and swiftness is also required in the game of Christianity. Notice the passages: “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” (Revelation 3:11).“Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison” (Matthew 5:25).
Unlike football, baseball, soccer, and golf, the dynamics of Christianity are strongly applicable to basketball. In the sport of basketball a player can score a three-point shot, a monster dunk, or an acrobatic layup that makes the arena go wild. However, there is not time for a quick celebration because in less than 3 seconds the opposing team can replicate the basket and points. In Christianity, time for celebration and time for despair is limited. If the devil knocks you down, do not get caught wallowing beyond that which is healthy. As you continue to remain strong, do not get caught celebrating to the point of lost focus.
Hear swiftly, listen swiftly, agree quickly because Jesus will return quickly. Remember, You are the clay In The Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save you today!