With Jesus as your model, you can be a God-pleasing Christian. What does it take to do so? Hearing two sports radio hosts muse about 3 football quarterbacks, I began thinking about what makes for an exceptional Christian Quarterback. Needless to say, the benefits of being a Champion for Christ far exceed anything the NFL offers!
Weapons and Protection
Last Fall, I heard a Sports Radio Host comment on the early-season woes of Tom Brady (New England Patriots). An effective football Quarterback needs, he stated, two things: “Weapons and Protection”. I smiled when I heard this. The first thing that ran through my mind was this: Abiding Christians have both these things! To even play this ‘position’, you need these two things.
Putting on ‘the full armor of God’ gives a Christian protection.
For those Christians, who use the Bible as their Playbook for Christian Living, the word serves as a very effective Weapon. God’s word is a sword when one is on the battlefield for the Lord.
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe“. (Proverbs 18:10)
Accuracy and Maturity
On a second, recent Sports Radio Show, while musing about the potential of the 2 most recent Heisman Trophy winners, the radio host stated that he evaluates NCAA Quarterbacks on two things: “Accuracy and Maturity”. In the eyes of many, the off-the-field vice (a lack of maturity) of one of the NCAA football players offset his arguably superior playing record (accuracy).
I see being an exceptional Christian Quarterback to be, in large part, a function of one’s level of sanctification. Put another way, in one’s Christian Life, how a person responds to the Red and Green ‘traffic lights’ of life separates those who are indeed Spiritually Accurate and Mature.
Accuracy is about the ability to respond to ‘Red Lights’ – i.e. to Avoid the ungodly things which are clearly off-limits. (The 10 Commandments in Exodus 20, for example, clearly address Must Avoid behaviors).
Maturity is about being able to regularly do the ‘Green Light’ things. Think about the ‘fruit of the spirit’ attributes described by Paul in the New Testament. It’s only with Spiritual Growth that one becomes mature. In short, optimal maturation demands full sanctification. Exhibiting patience, self-control, and love in all situations is easier said than done for most Christians.
Spiritual Quarterbacking for Christians
PROTECTION is about your attire and attitude
WEAPONS is about your actions. Are they ‘in the spirit’ and anointed?
- Your application of the Word (Holy Bible) will allow you to have the spiritual might to win in a tough spiritual fight.
- The Book of Proverbs offers 31 Chapters of Biblical wisdom that, if demonstrated in your life, will allow you to be an able spiritual warfare fighter!
- Your understanding of who God (Isaiah 45:1-7) and Jesus (John 14:1-6) are. If you have a close relationship with the Lord, the words you read in your Bible are more likely to be acted upon with conviction.
ACCURACY is about your ability to avoid ‘red light’ behaviors
- Exodus 20 and Romans 7 speak to commandments (things a Christian should never do) and Winning over Sin (through the eyes of Paul).
- Isaiah 30:1-15 (avoid being obstinate to God’s will)
MATURITY is about your ability to work towards affection-based sanctification and being a ‘fruit of the spirit’ Christian.
- 3 Steps of Sanctification (John MacArthur): Cognition, conviction, and affection.
- Perfect Faith? (prior post – Aim for full faith instead)
- A post that speaks to this very well: “If I Could Only be Perfect … ” (Christianity Today)
- What is Faith? (prior post)
- Faith: Read and meditate on the entire 11th Chapter of Hebrews. That chapter begins: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for , the evidence of things not seen“.
- Growing Spiritually (prior post, 4 stages of Spiritual Growth)
- Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) qualities: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law“.
So, as you watch the 2015 NFL draft later this month, know that God has long ago drafted you to be a Soldier on his Spiritual Battlefield.
You ARE part of the Master Plan of a Sovereign, Gracious God
You ARE ‘more than a conqueror’!
You ARE ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ and will be kept safe
Let the Bible, the Playbook for Christian Living, guide your steps.
Those who are spiritually mature and accurate can say they are exceptional Christian Quarterbacks. When the game begins, you’ll be well-equipped and on the field. However, those who live life without the proper attire, attitude, or affection (for the will of God) will be relegated to the Lord’s ‘practice squad’ instead. Grace, mercy, and peace to you.
Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way
- Russell Wilson (a Super Bowl-winning, NFL quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, who happens to be a Christian too) – Keith Allison/flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)