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BIBLE TEXT: Revelation 21:5-8: And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and Omega-the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. But COWARDS, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idolaters, and all liars fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Do you ever wonder if every person sets out to make the Hall of Fame? I personally can’t imagine why they would suit up and not strive for that goal. Surely every NFL player is competitive; it’s probably one characteristic that helped them reach the NFL in the first place. But what does it take to be GREAT? Maybe the answer lies in these quotes from two Hall of Fame players.
WR: “The difference between being good and being great is NOT to be a coward.”
QB: “You must be WILLING to stare down the barrel to make the throws in the NFL, you can’t be a COWARD.”
The definition of coward: “A person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.”
Every position includes specific tasks that can separate the good from the great. A PERSON CAN PLAY AT A HIGH LEVEL AND STILL BE A COWARD! A Christian can still be a Christian and be a COWARD!
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Here’s what jumped out at me about the scripture. In verse 8 it lists COWARDS before everything else. Does that surprise you like it does me? Not murderers or unbelievers, but COWARDS!! See, it’s because we can serve Him and be COWARDS at the same time. The cowards are the fearful ones who abandon Christ at the threats of the beast. Threats can exist in many ways. A threat could be just hanging out with friends. A threat could be your neighbor. A threat could be a person or situation in your home. A threat could be your co-workers. If we don’t share Jesus, we’re cowards, and cowards fear persecution so badly that they choose temporary safety over eternal life. Remember what “list” cowards are placed in. I overheard one of my favorite players once say, “Why settle for good when greatness is available.” Let’s apply that to our spiritual walk. God wants us all to be great; He wants us all to be in the Hall of Fame. Do you have what it takes to face down the threats? I personally challenge myself daily to “live out loud” for Jesus…..to become GREAT!
PRAYER: Father, thank you for not allowing my spirit to settle for good. The desires in my heart come from you, and in return I want to please you. In times that I feel fear, I ask that you help me overcome it. I do not want “turning a blind eye” to become easy for me. Father, forgive me for when I have failed you. Your grace fuels me for my next task to face the threats. I love you and honor you, in Jesus’s name, Amen.
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