Game On!

A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Although last Sunday’s Super Bowl set a record for the number of Americans tuning in, most would admit that only one team showed up. The expression “Game On!” refers to coming to a contest ready to compete at the highest possible level. It is this attitude that the apostle Paul not only lived by but admonished every believer to make their own. In 2 Corinthians 7 we read, “…let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of the body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” Paul’s selection of words and verb tense is significant. As disciples we are to strive each day, through the working of the Holy Spirit, to bring to its goal the work of sanctification in our life. The tense is continuous, acknowledging that the process of being set part and made more like Christ will continue until the Lord calls us into His presence. Key to this daily pursuit is living in the fear or reverence of God, responding in obedience to His word in every area of our life.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a Welsh Protestant preacher in the 20th century writes, “Holiness is not something to be received in a meeting; it is a life to be lived in detail.” Paul and Martyn LIoyd –Jones may have said it differently but what both saints meant was Game On!