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Sunday, February 5, 2012

HEBREWS - Something SUPER!

Today is Super Bowl Sunday.

Today the New York Giants will be pitted against the New England Patriots in an epic pigskin battle. I don't care so much who's going to win the game.

But yes, I will be watching the game. (After I go to church, of course!)

I am a football fan.

But I've got to tell you, all the *hoopla* that surrounds the game nowadays is crazy. There's so much pre-game hype that the game itself has almost become an afterthoughtanticlimactic in comparison to all the "festivities" of the week before.


The Super Bowl is bigger-than-life…or is it?

I can vividly remember an interview with Tom Brady (quarterback for the Patriots) that appeared on the TV show, "60 Minutes" – the link for that interview is here. At the time, he had just turned 30, was earning millions of dollars, and had already won three Super Bowl rings. And yet, something was still missing.

He seemed perplexed when asked what that "something" was.

He answered, "I wish I knew."

How sad.

I am reminded of this verse: "And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?" (Matthew 16:26)

These are the thoughts rambling around in my head on this Super Bowl Sunday.

And it's rather wonder-full that today's "Bible Pick 'Ems" provides the perfect answer to Tom Brady's feeling that there has to something else – something more – to life:

"Now may the God of peace – who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood – may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen." (Hebrews 13:20-21)

These verses sum up the true meaning of life.

For one thing, they focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus.

THIS is the moment – the climax – the culmination of history!

And it occurred with no hype, no hoopla. The world wasn't watching, there weren't any commercials, and no one was handing out merchandise. No tickets were offered at exorbitant costs, and most people didn't stop their lives to sit and watch it take place.

But…it did happen.

And it DID change the world.

In these verses we can see three very significant results of God's work through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.

One, God Himself begins a work within us. He starts an inner transformation that lasts our whole lives. We are turned into new creatures that become increasingly more and more like Jesus. God begins to change us into the kind of people who will please Him.

And second, God Himself equips us to do the kind of work that will please Him. I love that! God doesn't expect us to enter into the game of life without first being outfitted with what we need to play the game. To that end, we have been given the Holy Spirit to come alongside us, to empower and strengthen us, to give us both the desire and the will to obey.

Finally, God Himself begins to produce fruit in our lives. On our own, we can do nothing. But because of HIS work in and through us, GOD can accomplish big things. And He does. Look what He did with some of those otherwise *ordinary* people in the Bible! He takes our stories, and molds and shapes and weaves them for His glory.

He transforms – He equips – He produces.

It is all about Him, not us.

I would argue that the *something missing* from Mr. Brady's life – and from most people's lives – is actually Someone. The One and only, the Maker and Sustainer of Life, the Ultimate Reason behind everything – God.

And the *something more* that we all long for is a relationship with God. An intimate, personal, meaningful relationship.

God Himself made that possible through His Son – the Great Shepherd of the sheep (don't you just LOVE that title??)

Oh yes, I want to do every good thing that is pleasing to Him.

I want to bring Him glory forever and ever.

But, we all have to start at His feet those broken and bloodied feet at the cross. That's where life begins.

There must be something *more than this…*

Whatever that "THIS" is in a person's life – whether it's fame, fortune, or power – there IS something more. There is Someone bigger than life itself.

If Tom Brady wins his fourth Super Bowl today, then congratulations. But I have to wonder if he's feeling any more fulfilled than he did a few years ago. Or does he still feel empty inside?

I hope he finds an answer.

I pray he finds The Answer.

How has God fulfilled your innermost longings for *something more*?

Linked today with Peggy at SOAKING ON SONDAY

"When in doubt, search God out!"


  1. Blessings Sharon,

    It's the end of my hour so I'll have to come back another half time!!! I would never have thought you were a FOOTBALL fan... Hockey and this... but I truly love what you did with SUPER and this "something else"...

    I'm really bad in sports and not at all a football fan at all (it's my least liked team sport)(sorry)!!!

    But this still was a great enough Word for me to check out the two teams and the verse. And I hid some article away about this on one of my earlier trips to this public cyber... not about the verse as I should have but about the Christian athletes like Tom Brady... I should have just sent them to you.

    New England Patriots

    Tom Brady from back in 2008 by another blogger...

    I'll make my other comments on Hebrews later!!! Great to see your sport side and a female talking "football" SUPER!

    Love and (hugs)... thanks for your Hola and other comments,

  2. Hi Sharon... back again... I thought I promised to come back here... and I too have been rambling but not fumbling this around in my head... about "something else"... "something MORE to life"... something bigger than all of us, something SUPER... and as always you chose a wonderful way to share this and verses:

    "Now may the God of peace – who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood – may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen." (Hebrews 13:20-21)

    You see to all this fame, we may acquire MORE but earthly treasures don't amount to much. Look at our newest, saddest tragedy:
    Whitney Houston... what a loss, what a waste! My heart aches! Such a beautifully gifted soul in her voice... gone! I really thought she had changed and was turning her life around.

    I love how you summed this up in 3 words:

    Jesus is the answer for Mr. Tom Brady or any of us, but far too many are looking for that instant (or hard worked for) gratification now. Whitney or Tom or any celeb down to the beggar on the street needs Jesus to transform us... Whitney was equipped and gifted as our the other super bowl stars or celebrities; it's just where do they choose to use this gift and who gets the glory first??? And how do they produce this fruit? How do we? Are we developing our fruit or just going about doing life?

    Great reflections to think about and put our lives in perspective, and not our perspective but God's as our creator... what does He require of us? Super Bowl after Super Bowl. Grammy after Grammy.
    Victory or defeat? Are we filling our lives and hearts and that void with God or running from Him?

    My Answer is found in Jesus Christ... now I pray that I take that ball and run further with it than just a 4th Super Bowl victory or defeat... I did not answer this but wondering how you would since you asked it:

    How has God fulfilled your innermost longings for *something more*?

    I'm really working on this as an individual and not looking to others, or other stuff be it food, or sports, or drugs/alcohol or sex or job/career or even church mission work or religion or children/grandchildren or spouse or friends or pets or whatever... to find my fulfillment, those longings fulfilled in Jesus Christ... I have not yet arrived but I'm closer now than ever. By having started with Jesus and His Word, I am years ahead but the fruit for all those many years is not as plentiful and ripe and mature as it should be; I should be plum and shiny as can be by now... ready for the harvest and hopefully planted many seeds but truthfully... I'm not much better than the Tom Bradys or Whitney Houston and far less talent in their areas... but my heart is longing to be filled with MORE of Jesus!

    Love to you, wishes for a speedy recovery, because we can't fight when our immunity is weak, be strengthened and filled by His Spirit as He heals... sending hugs and prayers,


"So I have been greatly encouraged in the midst of my troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives me new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How I thank God for you!"
(1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!