No matter what, you get the snack

A good friend on mine that does high school ministry recently challenged a student to find a sports metaphor for the gospel (after having heard him use a bunch of sports analogies for trying harder and doing better.) This is what he came up with, and it is spot on.

“I would say it would be a kids soccer or baseball game. Where no matter how they played, who they played, win or lose they had hope to look forward to the post game snack. A snack that was predestined for them by their coach and was independent of their performance.”

“So they didn’t and couldn’t play for the snack (they are getting it anyway) but they play for the joy of the Coach and play it the right way because it’s how the game is intended to be played, the game turns out best for those around you and yourself when u play the way it should be. That is the same with good works, it’s a reflection of our Coach’s work in us, also a testament of our zeal to honor our Coach by playing the way we are taught. But regardless of how many times we mess up, we have our errors, we still receive our snack which is Jesus.”

“There (are) holes in this but I thought it was close to what the Gospel shows us: we need Jesus; works doesn’t save us, only Christ in us; and nothing can take Christ from us once we are his.”
Yes and amen. And trust me, Jesus is so much better than a Shasta and a few orange wedges…

One thought on “No matter what, you get the snack

  1. amen.
    1You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
    2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. 10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory. 11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. 24 The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. 2 Tim 2

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