to reward a man according to his conduct,
according to what his deeds deserve.
Recently the BYU women’s rugby team had to make a costly decision. After winning their division title they were set to play in the quarter finals of the national rugby tournament. Given their record it looked as though they could go to the finals. All that stood between them and a historic event for their team was a day—Sunday. As a team they decided to forfeit the game because playing on a Sunday, the Sabbath, would have been in direct conflict with their personal beliefs. By forfeiting, BYU lost, Penn State advanced, and the BYU team boarded a plane home to Utah.
By recounting this news story, please don’t think I am espousing Mormonism! There is, however, something to be said for the difficult decision that the team made for the sake of their “personal beliefs.” And, it got me thinking about the followers of Jesus Christ and how willing or unwilling we are to stand up for what we believe. In fact, what are the visible, tangible things that set us apart from the culture?
When I think about God searching my heart and examining my mind I squirm. That seems awfully invasive! And yet, that’s exactly what God wants to do—invade our lives so completely that everything about us—thoughts, emotions, actions, words—are a flag waving testimony for Him. How this all translates into our day to day lives depends on the individual. But the question remains, “how is my life visible, tangible proof for what I believe?”
Jesus, I pray that the way I live my life
through my actions, words and responses
will be visible, tangible proof that I believe in You.