Super Bowl is indeed a world event! People who don't normally watch football throw a party. If you are like our family, even if your team is not playing, you put on your own team's gear and represent as you watch and eat your favorite "football foods" and even rate commercials!
Yet the actual participants, the players and coaches, seek one thing for the most part . . . The Lombardi Trophy! One player and coach in particular seek the record number of Lombardis!
Like the players in the big game, people throughout HIStory have sought the rewards, the awards, the money, the fame and yes, the worship! Nebuchadnezzar was such a man. As he went throughout conquering, he captured and enslaved the Jewish people, forcing them to worship his image. As the story goes, Daniel's friends chose not to do so and were punished in a fiery furnace, only to be protected by the Lord!
What about you and me? Are we caught up in the trophies won in life or the souls won? Is the worldly prize our goal or is it Kingdom goals for which we are striving? I recall athletes using the platform of success to bring honor to God and reflect the praise to Him. Yet many chase the trophy, the glory, and money for themselves. Are we any better?
How are we using our successes to honor the Lord and draw others to Him? At work, at school, on the field, on the court . . . Are we using influence to win awards for ourselves or souls for Christ? Life is real, not practice!
At the end of the big game, there is confetti, hugs, congratulations, cheers, interviews, tears, and eventually a parade! What will the celebration be like in heaven for you and me?