I have a mental list in my head of things that I want to do before I die. One of them was accomplished when Elizabeth and I went to the New Orleans Hornets basketball game the other night. We attended five games throughout the season, but the last home game in New Orleans was something I had been anticipating for a long time. One of those special things I wanted to do was to see the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team play. Their star player, Kobe Bryant, is arguably the best player in the NBA right now. I grew up watching the Lakers win multiple championships and dominating the other teams in the NBA. I really wanted to see the team live, and I finally got my chance.
Elizabeth and I showed up at the New Orleans Arena with our black Hornets shirts on, but there were a lot of Lakers fans filing into the arena as well. When the game started, Kobe Bryant took over. By halftime, he had 27 points, finishing with 50 in the game. Every time Kobe would score I would clap and cheer. Luckily there was a Lakers fan behind me so I wasn’t the only one pulling for the visiting team. When Kobe hit a good shot, I would turn around and give my fellow Lakers fan a high-five. The first time she saw me, she was a bit confused. There I was with a Hornets shirt on, pulling for the other team. She looked at me and said, "Whose side are you on?" I told her I lived in New Orleans so I was a Hornets fan by default, but my favorite player was Kobe, so I was really pulling for the Lakers. It was a high scoring, high energy game, with the Lakers winning big by the end of the night.
On the way home, I thought about what the woman asked me: "Whose side are you on?" My shirt would imply I was a Hornet’s fan, but the way I was cheering for the Lakers conflicted with my home team apparel. How many times as Christians do we do the same thing? We wave the flag of Christ and claim to be Christians who love God, but sometimes people look at our actions and ask themselves, "Whose side are they on?" We can get away with pulling for two teams in a sporting event, but in the game of life there is no middle ground. You are either for Christ, or against Him. There is no such thing as half-worldly and half-godly. This week, make sure your actions and attitudes match the person that you claim to be.
-Spending time in the Word-
"If you ever lose your Christian testimony, you probably won’t live long enough to get it back." -Dr. Johnny Hunt
1. Romans 6:15-23 urges us to not be owned by money and followers of the world, but be slaves of righteousness.
2. In Matthew 26:69-75, Peter has been a follower of Christ with his actions, but just as Jesus predicted, his words to others are used to curse the name of Christ.
-Hiding the Word in your heart-
Memorize these verses as you continue to study the Word of God daily.
1. "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other." -Matthew 6:24a
2. "So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth." -Revelation 3:16