I will start by commending all the teams that have made it to the next round and mourn the English Premier League teams that have exited this early; lovely football is being displayed. This arguably the most coveted league in football; players want to play in this league and the fans want to watch these matches. There are bragging rights associated with this league with only the crème de la crème teams taking part, each a winner in their own league. The sponsorship awarded allows the players to get huge rewards for participation, which is every player’s bottom line. However, what really stands out is the recurrence of the league every year giving teams a chance to clinch the trophy despite previous losses unlike the world cup, which has a four-year cycle; many players do not get the chance to participate in more than two world cups. To add onto that, more players have a shot at playing against the best despite their country of origin; a player’s country may not be good enough to qualify for the world cup but the player’s team has a higher chance to play in the coveted league. The Champions’ League gives opportunity to anyone to shine.
With regards to offering opportunities, Christianity is similar to the Champions’ league, anyone is a worthy candidate and has a divine right to all the benefits of Christianity. Throughout the bible, God used people despite their surrounding or circumstances; He did not choose the brilliant that stood out as a group like the world cup does with countries, but He gave a chance to individuals who were willing to be used. He used weak people like Gideon to fight for Israel, He chose young people like David to defeat Goliath in war, gender was not an issue as He used women like Esther to redeem the Israelites and not only that, God used seemingly broken vessels like the adulterous woman and offered her a chance into salvation. Christianity gives us all the opportunity to shine and that is why it should be the most coveted, the problem is that not many people stay for the ride long enough to enjoy all the benefits, but for those who press on, such things become clearer.
John 16:12-15 I (Jesus) still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak in His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are mine. Therefore I said that He will take of mine and declare it to you.
So how does Christianity compare to the Champions’ League?
- Pomp and Colour
The viewership of the league is comparable to the world cup, sponsorship outclasses any other league and the chance to play with the best teams gives players the bragging rights they so well deserve. Cities are alive during the Champions’ league finals, the main event, and despite the toil of getting there, it is every player’s dream. The joy of getting to the finals outshines any rigorous training the players had to go through.
In Christianity, we may give up a few things here and there just like any good player. We may not hangout in places everyone else does, we may not speak as everyone else does and at times, we may not even dress as society dictates; but all this is okay when we compare to the benefits of our walk. We have the assurance of overflowing gladness, that despite our circumstances, good or bad, we can still trust in God and be joyful. The joy of salvation, this is our pomp and colour. The world is limited in this joy, when trouble comes there is nowhere to run to, however we have a different path-we are not governed by our circumstances, we are always celebrating, we are always alive! In the game of life, Christianity gives us the opportunity to play and win the Champions’ league all the time-we have a constant celebration.
John 16:20-22 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
- Unlimited Opportunities
So often, unknown players get the spotlight on them during the Champions’ League. Players who are very good get a shot at international scouting. Seemingly insignificant teams flaunt extra ordinary players who use their golden opportunity in the Champions’ League to pave their way into bigger premiership leagues. For many players this one opportunity in the big league gives them the space to show the world what they are really made of, it is a shot at significance to them.
It even gets better with Christianity, God does not just give us one shot at significance, He opens up doors of opportunity everywhere we go. Whatever dream we have in us, God promises that He can bring it to pass, all we have to do is ask of Him. When we stop seeing the problems around us, we become open to the tremendous opportunities that are available. All we have to do is just ask and we will receive beyond our wildest dreams.
John 16:23-24 And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most, assuredly I say to you, whatever you ask My Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Constant joy and opportunities, this is what the Lord offers to us when we choose to play in the “Champions’ League”, why settle for anything less?
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.