The Title That Lasts Forever

Tonight I sit awaiting the championship game of the NCAA Basketball Tournament with mixed emotions. Oh, don’t misunderstand, I’ll be watching every second, coaching from my chair with every play, leaning and jiving, cheering loudly for the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Yet, for some reason things are different as I age.  As I mature in the Lord (hopefully), I realize that tonight’s game is just that–a game! The title of NCAA 2012 Men’s Basketball title, like all earthly titles, regardless how prestigious, are only temporary.

When it’s all said and done, I hope that UK will hang its 8th National Championship Banner, but what title will last throughout eternity, when it’s all said and done? What title should I seek? What title should you seek? The title we should desire is the Biblical title of OVERCOMER! Who is an Overcomer? What does that title mean? Consider the following verses from the Word of God:

4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5 (ESV)

When I repent of my sins and place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior, I am “born of God.” Those who are born of God are Overcomers. Jesus told Nicodemus:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:3-6 (ESV)

I encourage you to search your soul and know with 100% certainty that you have born of God. Examine your heart and be sure that you are God’s child and that you possess the title of Overcomer through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Life is filled with uncertainties, but eternity can be definite. Decide right now to be an Overcomer!

UK or U of L?

One day I was in a barbershop getting a haircut.  As you try avoiding the thoughts of a hair joke next time you see me, let me share my “spiritual” experience.

While my bushy flocks were being trimmed and thinned a gentleman walked in the shop wearing telling apparel.  He was wearing a UK hat, a UK coat, a UK sweatshirt, and possibly some unseen UK clothing as well.  I looked up and said, “Looks like we have another one of those Cardinal fans coming for a haircut.”  Everyone laughed because it was obvious that this man was on the side of the University of Kentucky!

Moses once asked the question, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”  I believe it should be obvious whose side we are on!  Our words, our dress, our drink, and most importantly, our life should scream that we are on God’s team.  Everywhere the barbershop UK fan went throughout the day folks would clearly know that he was for UK.  It’s likely that UK basketball would sometimes be part of his conversation, but even when it wasn’t he was sharing his allegiance.

“Lord, help us to be obvious Christians.  Show us ways to provide both a silent and verbal witness of our allegiance to you!  Lead us to be far more excited about the eternal things of God than the temporary things of this world.”