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Victory In Sports

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Brian McBride - Soccer

Every kid who loves soccer dreams of playing for his country’s national team. Even better would be to score a goal for his country in the World Cup. I had the privilege of doing both of these things at the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2002 World Cup in Korea. In France, during a game against Iran, I headed a ball into the net and experienced the thrill of a lifetime. In Korea, I was blessed to score two goals, helping the USA defeat Portugal. The joy I felt during those moments is indescribable. And yet, those feelings pale in comparison to how I feel about Christ.

I am very grateful to have played professionally in the USA and England. It’s been exciting, but it hasn’t always been easy. My amazing wife and two great children have been a huge support. Even more important is my relationship with Jesus. My career has been checkered with a lot of injuries and other challenges. When I encounter such disappointments, it helps to remember that Jesus Christ faced even greater obstacles. Yet, He did not quit. He went all the way to death on the cross…for you, and for me. With God’s help, we don’t have to let the tough times drag us down. Like Jesus, we can actually regard adversity not as a setback but as an opportunity.

Victory In Life

Athletes  have long-been aspiring for victory. Years of training,  self-discipline, perseverance, patience, and determination are all in  preparation for the goal. Whether competing as a team player or  individually, the hope is to reach that defining moment when victory is  claimed.
Astylos  of Croton, an Olympic champion in ancient Greece, donned the  prestigious olive wreath six times, claiming highest victory in three  Olympiads. A record-breaking runner, Astylos’ claim to fame was winning  an event in which the athletes ran with a full armored suit.
Though  Astylos gained fame and notoriety and was among those reaching the  pinnacle of successful athleticism, he died a defeated and lonely man.  It was discovered by his compatriots, that he had received a bribe to  participate under the banner of Syracuse. To dishonor his name, the  people of Croton demolished his statue and converted his home into a  prison. His family disowned him.
The  victory of Astylos was temporary. “And every man that striveth for the  mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a  corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” (1 Corinthians 9:25) True  and lasting victory is not found in trophies, medals, and the praise of  men. The victor standing in the winner’s circle today will be replaced  by another tomorrow. Age, injury, and fading popularity prevent victory  from being permanent.
True  victory is not found in position, but in a person, Jesus Christ. “For  what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose  his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) Friend, if you want true victory, it has  already been won for you.
  1. Without Jesus Christ, we are all losers. “For all have sinned and come  short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Because we are sinners, we are  all under the condemnation of sin. Defeat is certain.
  2. The condemnation of our sin will send us to an eternal death in hell.  “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23) “Wherefore as by one man,  sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon  all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12) If we have broken even  one of God’s Ten Commandments, we will stand condemned before God. “For  whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is  guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
  3. God loved us so much that He gave his only perfect and sinless son to  suffer in our place. He became our substitute. “For God so loved the  world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in  him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16) “For he  hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin…” (2 Corinthians 5:21)  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet  sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his  blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Romans 5:8-9)
  4. Our victory was won when Jesus Christ triumphed over the grave and  hell. “O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?..But  thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:55,  57) “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and that he  was buried and that he rose again the third day according to the  scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4)
  5. Christ’s victory is ours for the claiming.  The prize is eternal life  with Him in heaven. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power  to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John  1:12) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be  saved.” (Romans 10:13)
  6. Friend,  do not be satisfied with temporary victory. The accolades of men,  material gain, and financial success will never give true peace and  satisfaction. True victory has already been won for you!  If you believe  that Jesus Christ was crucified, buried and that He rose again for you  and if you trust in Him as your only Saviour, you will receive the  forgiveness of all your sin and the gift of eternal life. Step up and  claim it. Call on the Lord Jesus Christ today!

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