“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors…” (NIV)
You’ll have to forgive me for loving sports analogies. Maybe it’s because I grew up playing hockey, soccer, golf, baseball, and running track.
I also played basketball for the BMLSS Lakers in grade 9. Thank HEAVENS Facebook didn’t exist then to capture any pictures of me in those super-stylish short shorts.
Sports analogies help us because, just like faith and life, they teach us what it means to hustle, win, lose, and try another day.
In 1990 the Chicago Bulls were playing the Cleveland Cavaliers. Michael Jordan was on fire. He got up to 63 points and then surpassed his own record for most points in a single game.
But he didn’t stop there. He kept going! He got 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, and then 69 points!
In the locker room after the game reporters were asking all the players how they would remember that historic night. One of them approached Stacey King. King was a specialty player and didn’t play as much as Jordan. And in that same game where Jordan got 69 points, King only got one.
So, how would King remember that game? Here’s how King replied: “I’ll always remember this as the night Michael Jordan and I combined for 70 points.”
I love it!
Today, I just figured you needed a reminder about how unconquerable you are. Not because you’re the most amazing being to ever grace the earth, but because Christ was.
In the game of your life, Christ gets the 69 points and you get one. And since you’re on the same team, you are also victorious.
Every time Michael Jordan led the Bulls to a championship ring, guess who also got one? Yup, Stacey King.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
Congratulations… You. Are. Unconquerable.
By Matthew Ruttan