March Madness just ended with obviously the victory of the best team. The team had to overcome many opponents. After a lot of hard work they got to the top. It took dedication, discipline and determination to win. Did your favorite team win? Did you enjoy the exhilaration you felt while rooting for them? Like is no basketball game but madness is a good word to describe it from time to time. For some people it’s not just March madness but April madness, May madness etc until the end of the year. Every month is a struggle. Every month they are playing the game of their life in the basketball court of the world. They get the ball and they lose the ball. Things are going well one day and then things are going array the next day. They are about to score when the opponent takes the ball from them. They don’t get much of a break on the court. They can’t sit down and rest for a minute. Life is constantly throwing balls at them and they have to catch them. If today you are feeling like you are always on your best game but you can never make a basket, don’t despair. You are not the only player on your team. The Lord is on your side. He not only guarantees that you are going to score points, He also predicts that you are going to win the game. He is the truth and He knows the truth. With Jesus on your team, you can expect great victories. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is settled. It is a fact. You and I have the victory in Jesus. The key is to invite Him on our team. First, recognize that you can’t do this alone. You might have accepted Jesus in your heart and you may be a Christian but if you don’t rely on Him in every part of your life, you have not embraced His fullness. Jesus wants to be involved in your life all the time. Be dependent on His wisdom and not on yours. The Bible says that “we shouldn’t lean on our own understanding but we should trust in the Lord with all our heart and submit to Him in all our ways.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Don’t you think that Jesus would make a better player than you? He can dribble like no other. He can take matters in His own hands and turn things around while your opponent is trying to catch your ball in vain. He will block shots for you. The next step is to acknowledge your entire team. Jesus is the captain of your team and the other players come in different forms and shapes. Some of them are angels around you and others are family and friends you can rely on. Make sure that your team consists of members that all speak the same (spiritual) language and that they are aware of all the techniques and strategies of the captain. Angels are all set. They obey the Lord and they are there to help you. Select the human members cautiously. Surround yourself with believers that know how to encourage you and support you. People who love the Lord and who will obey Him when He tells them to make a move on the (basketball) court. People who use prayer as a technique to advance on the court of life and who will follow strategies outlined in the Word of God.
Finally, don’t be afraid to play and make progress no matter how scary the other team looks. Jesus said we should not fear and we shouldn’t worry. He promised the victory. There will be tears and sweat at times but you will not be defeated. The victory will be so sweet that you will forget the bitter taste of all the hard work. If you are experiencing April madness right now, stay in the game. Stay in faith. Jesus won’t let you down. Prepare yourself to make basket after basket. With the Lord no one can stop you! You are on the winning team!
Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 20:4; John 16:33; Ephesians 6:10