AFL Grand Final

You don’t get to the top of a sporting achievement, like winning a grand final, without putting in the hard yards. 

2 Chronicles 19:1-11

Reference: He gave them these orders: “You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 19:9 NIV)

Explore: We’ve just had the finals for our football season (AFL) here in Melbourne. While I don’t particularly follow a team, it was a huge event in our city.

As always, there could only be one winner and the strongest team certainly won this season. You don’t get to the top of a sporting achievement, like winning a grand final, without putting in the hard yards.

They sacrifice such luxuries like sleep, special food, alcoholic drinks and even time with family to pour their bodies, minds and energy into their sport. They have to be committed all the way from the preseason until they’ve played their final game, otherwise they may be sidelined during important matches.

As spectators, we only see them on the weekends when they’re competing, however, their whole week has been structured with training, coaching and physio to lead up to the one weekend match.

Application: When I look at the dedication of a sportsperson I become ashamed of my laxidaisical attitude towards my faith. My dedication to God is far greater than any sporting game that could ever be played, and yet, the commitment of these sporting greats puts me to shame.

There is always more we can do for God, but it’s our attitude which is most important. Could we say that we serve Him faithfully and whole heartedly? Unfortunately, I can’t always say yes.

Thankfully, God’s grace covers all our sin, however, to become more whole in our worship we must continue to align ourselves to God and focus on committing all of ourselves to Him, daily.

Prayer: Lord, our worship of You is not just to be a weekly event, but part of every single moment. You are worthy of all our hearts and we offer them up to You. Amen.

How could you increase your faithfulness to God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.


MargretMarch 18, 2018 at 7:30 AMReply

Hi Linda.
Thanks for the devo.
It helps as my two boys are footy mad and this puts devotions into their world.

Linda BaileyApril 3, 2018 at 9:54 AMReply

Oh Margret,
That is awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to write.