It is fascinating to walk through any community or mall - or even down a city street - and noticing the vast number of football jerseys that people of all ages and sexes are wearing this time of the year. The names and numbers of their “heroes” vary as much as the sizes and shape of the persons wearing the jersey.
And, the dollar amount of this way of “identifying” with an athlete is growing. In 2005, nearly ten years ago, the total amount of money spent on sports clothing was in excess of two hundred billion dollars.
Sadly, many of those names and numbers represent felons, drug abusers, wife or child abusers, murderers and other violent criminals. Yet, their names and numbers are held in high esteem, even worshiped, because of their accomplishments in their area of athletic prowess.
Walk in the same mall or down the same street and count the number of individuals wearing a shirt that has the name of Jesus or Paul or Stephen or Jeremiah written across the front or back. In fact, only now and then will a T-shirt with some reference to something Christian ever appear. Unfortunately, its message is usually unclear or perhaps, questionable or embarrassing.
Solomon talked about “heroes” who “walked” Godly lives. “Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to Godly life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” What a timely, challenging verse for Christians. People look for heroes. What do they see when they look at us?
Do others see Christ living in us? “By their fruits...”
Prayer: Lord, we can’t hide who we are or what we believe or our values. May our lives represent You well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 10:17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.