What Is More Important than the Super Bowl?

Yesterday marked a very important day in America. Unless you completely left the planet, you are probably aware that yesterday was “Super Bowl Sunday.” The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, California. With the win, the Broncos franchise won their third Lombardy trophy. “Super Bowl Sunday” is now considered by some to be a de facto national holiday. It is the second largest day for U.S. food consumption (after Thanksgiving) and the game is the most watched American television broadcast each year. Due to the high viewership, advertisers are willing to pay an average of $5 million for a 30 second commercial!

Our culture certainly takes this game seriously. But as we take a step back and look at the big picture of life, how important is the Super Bowl really? Consider a few things that God says are more important than the Super Bowl:

  1. Jesus is more important than the Super Bowl. Jesus is the Son of God (John 3:16). He has authority over man’s greatest fear – death (Revelation 1:17-18). He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 17:14). The sacrifice He made on the cross positively impacted mankind’s sin problem and relationship with God.
  1. Worshipping God is more important than the Super Bowl. Since God is awesome and perfectly holy, He is worthy to be praised (Psalm 96:4; 145:3). Unfortunately, there were probably many people who forsook an opportunity to worship God on the first day of the week because they wanted to catch the start of the Super Bowl. How do you think that made God feel?
  1. The Bible is more important than the Super Bowl. The Bible is the only book in the world to come from the very mind of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). Through the Bible we learn the complete will of God for our lives (2 Timothy 3:17). It is a shame that some people can tell us who won the last ten Super Bowls, but they can’t tell us the names of 10 books in the Bible or the names of 10 important Bible characters.
  1. Teaching the Bible to the lost is more important than the Super Bowl. Jesus has given us the mission of going into the world and teaching the gospel so that people can have an opportunity to become His disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). When we are excited about the gospel we will naturally be inclined to teach it to others. If we find ourselves more willing to talk about a football game with others than the Bible, we have a serious problem!
  1. Eternity is more important than the Super Bowl. When people stand before Jesus on the Judgment Day, He is not going to care about who won the Super Bowl. Society may put men like Peyton Manning and Cam Newton on a pedestal because of their great athletic ability. But in the eyes of Jesus they are just fallible and sinful men who have souls and need the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers to all (Romans 6:23). Watching the big game may bring us some satisfaction in this life, but that satisfaction is limited and fleeting. It doesn’t begin to compare to the satisfaction of being right with God and preparing to be in eternity with Him (Philippians 1:21)

Let’s be clear: it is NOT a sin to watch the Super Bowl. But in the big scheme of life, its significance is very small. Its seriousness should be taken with a grain of salt. It is just a game that has no bearing on where we will be in eternity. Let us always strive to put spiritual things first (Matthew 6:33). Doing that will keep us focused on what is really important in life.

– By Shawn Jeffries

 

How to Make Good Use of our Time

              What is time? Time is one of the most valuable things we possess. It is a precious, fleeting commodity that must be used with wisdom. Each day we are blessed with 24 hours to do whatever we choose. That is 86,400 seconds! This means that unless we die, we are all given the same amount of time. But what are we doing with that allotted time?

            The Bible certainly speaks of the need we have to use our time wisely. In fact, Paul says we need to be constantly “redeeming the time” (Ephesians 5:16). The word rendered “redeeming” implies that we must rescue our time from waste; we must use the time God gives us to accomplish important things. Unfortunately, we live in a world that constantly tempts us with bad ways to use our time. This is one of Satan’s tactics to draw us away from God. But, thankfully, through the Bible we learn of good and wise ways to use our time.

Here are some practical ways to make good use of our time.

  1. Make time to spend quiet moments with God. This means making time to do two things. First, it means making time to allow God to communicate with you through His word. It doesn’t matter if it first thing in the morning, on our lunch break, before we do our homework, or go to bed, we need to never neglect carving out a few minutes to read God’s word. The Bible is God’s final and complete revelation to mankind (Jude 3). Through the Bible God tells us about His love, nature, and how to live in such a way that will bring Him glory (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3; John 3:16). Second, it also means we will communicate with God through prayer. God talks to us through His word, but we talk to Him through prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Like many of us today, Jesus was also very busy in His life (Matthew 4:23-25). And yet, despite His extremely busy schedule, He always made time for prayer (Matthew 26:36; Mark 6:46; Luke 6:12). Through prayer we are able to pour our hearts out to God, express thanksgiving, and demonstrate our total dependence upon God (1 Peter 5:6-7; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 4:2). We can’t expect to have a healthy relationship with God if we don’t communicate with Him.
  2. Make time to invest in our children’s spiritual future. Our children are great blessings from God (Psalm 127:1-5). In return God expects us to do all we can to train and equip them in His ways (Ephesians 6:4). How can we accomplish this? By making time each day to do spiritual things with them. By carving out time to pray, read scripture, and discuss practical ways in which they can make good choices in their lives. So often, we can become so consumed in raising the next Lebron James or Peyton Manning that we neglect do our best to raise the next faithful Christian! Let’s not waste the limited time we have now to influence our children to serve God and go to heaven.
  1. Make time to serve others. So often, we can become absorbed in our wants and needs. We fail to take advantage of the multiple opportunities we have in a 24 hour period to make the lives of others better. It could be practicing hospitality, visiting an elderly person in the nursing home, sending a family member an encouraging text message, or offering an open ear to a friend who is discouraged. We can never go wrong when we make time to help others. In fact, Jesus says that a life dedicated to service leads to greatness in the eyes of God (Mark 10:42-45).
  1. Make time to get right with God. In the book of Acts we find people making time to obey the gospel through belief in Jesus, repentance, and baptism. The 3,000 on Pentecost, Cornelius, Lydia, and the Philippian jailer are great examples of this (Acts 2:36-37; 10:47-48; 16:14-15, 25-34). So often people can easily put off getting right with God to another time. That is never a good thing! Paul says, “Behold, now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

What will we do with the time we have been blessed with today? Will we redeem and make the most of it? Or, will we squander and blow opportunities to do important things that will please God?

Today will never come again. The clock is ticking. The choice is ours.

By Shawn Jeffries