Last night a welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was televised for the world title in boxing. Floyd Mayweather was ruled the winner. Mayweather’s one desire was to make the history books for his boxing finesse. He remains undefeated.
Many people labeled this fight as “good vs evil” calling Mayweather evil and Pacquiao good. Manny recently became a born again Christian, but in Floyd’s speech he gave credit to God for his victory. At the end of the day, God knows our hearts. He sees on the inside what the rest of the world will never see. Whether Floyd’s words rung true to him or not, God is the only judge that truly matters.
This fight was about a title, money, power, and prestige. These are all things that God warns us in His Word to not let become idols in our lives. Popularity, winning, titles, power, and money are some powerful temptations to let become the central focus in our lives. God calls us to not let these things hinder our activities of daily living. Our goal in life should be to live for God, put others first, be humble in spirit, love others and honor our Creator.
The world watches us. Maybe not paying $89.00 to watch us in a boxing ring, but they watch when we swing, miss, defend, initiate, and hold. They secretly tally our words versus our actions and weigh them on scales similar to a score board. How do you rate? Do your words, instagram posts, whispers, downloads, and reading material reflect the true you? Do your words line up with your actions?
We have a God who is not afraid to take us into the ring. He coaches us, wipes our tears, defends us, encourages us as we sit in our corner reflecting our last moves and strategizing our next ones. He yearns to be our comforter, but he cannot carry this out when he sits on the sidelines. Ask God today to be by your side as you enter the ring and to “fight” for His glory.
John 2:23-25 During the time he was in Jerusalem, those days of the Passover Feast, many people noticed the signs he was displaying and, seeing they pointed straight to God, entrusted their lives to him. But Jesus didn’t entrust his life to them. He knew them inside and out, knew how untrustworthy they were. He didn’t need any help in seeing right through them.