A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday and millions of viewers will have their eyes fixed on either the Broncos, the Panthers, the half-time show, or the commercials. But if the championship game is anything like the 2015-2016 season, many will be watching the officials and critiquing their every call. This has been a particularly difficult year for NFL referees with the highest number of calls being challenged since 2011. A sports analyst at Fox, recently commented that the referees today have one of the hardest jobs because anything less than perfection is not going to be tolerated.
The thought of aiming for perfection in the Christian Life is not only a lofty goal, but a realistic one. Although we will continually battle the presence of sin until we go home to be with the Lord, its power over us have been broken by Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is why Paul, while sitting in prison, told the believers in Philippi, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Like Paul, we are to strive for perfection in the sense of being spiritually mature and complete in Christ.
To err may be human, even for referees. But, for the believer to settle for anything less than perfect or mature in Christ Jesus is a sin. This is a goal worth keeping our eyes on and actively pursuing each and every day.