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ďFarming/Football Offers Omnipotent Truth By Almighty Lord's Lessons!"(F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L)

Ramesh C. Reddy
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Editor's Note: This is a revised version of a devotional time I had in the past. It has to do with the parable of the 4 seeds and presented as a modern day parable in a hypothetical allegory after the 2006 USC-Texas Rose Bowl Championship game! The idea for the allegory was diagramed on the blackboard years ago during a Bible study by Kevin Leibach, former InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff volunteer. Based on the diagram and spending time in prayer, I was able to develop it into a devotional.

Quiet Times: ( Psalm 05, Proverbs 05, and Mark 4:1-20)

The question I asked myself is what if Jesus used a football to teach to the crowds!

Now imagine God being your Quarterback with a perfect passer rating. This means there are no errors on the part of God as a QB. Let us hold that constant so any error that occurs will be because of us wide receivers. As a QB throws a football and as a farmer throws the seed, God sends us His Word.

I ask you now dear friends, what kind of wide receiver will you be?

"Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up." (Mark 4:3-4, NIV) 

"The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them." (Mark 4:14-15, NIV)

As wide receivers, we need to be in the right position listening and following the QBís signals. When the ball is thrown, we can see it coming towards us but unfortunately there are times we are not positioned correctly. The end results is itís taken away by the defense. We just allowed an interception because we were not in the right position to receive the ball.

In the same way, God sends to us the receivers His Word. We need to be in a position to hear the Word coming and receive it. But many times we can have a tendency just to hear the Word and let it end there. The end result is whatís sown is easily forgotten. It is as if it were taken away.

For that not to happen, it is important to position our selves correctly.

 In football, when a play is misread, the wide receivers have a general idea what they could have done to position themselves better. They go and try again without letting the mistake stopping them.

 In our lives, we need to find ways to position ourselves so we not only hear the Word but also are careful not to let the enemy take it away. It is great to hear the Word on Sundays and other times but there is nothing like personal experience to complement corporate experience.

 Let us get our life in a position where we can meet alone with God without having a hardened heart and let Him speak to us so Satan cannot make us forget the Word. In essence, let us have daily devotional or quiet times. I have realized that this alone is not enough as scenario 2 sheds more light.

 "Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root." (Mark 4:5-6, NIV)

"Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away." (Mark 4:16-17, NIV)

As wide receivers, not only do we have to position our selves correctly but be committed to catching the ball and holding on to it. In excitement, we do get our hands on the ball but unfortunately we cannot hold on to it because we get frightened of being tackled as we hear footsteps behind us. In essence we are not committed 100% to the sport and it results in an incomplete pass. The QB threw it well and we should have caught it.

 In the same way, when God sends His Word, we can now be in a position to hear it and receive it with joy because we have taken the time to position our lives to spend time with Him so we know where we should be. This is a sporadic thing though and not consistent so we have no root. For a short time we can be getting along fine but then persecution comes our way through trials and tribulations, we mess up. We may not be committed 100% to carrying the Word in our lives because of all sorts of persecution ranging from ridicule from others to low self-esteem on our parts. Also, we may be afraid of what other people will think of us as we take the Word and run in our lives. So we drop the Word from our lives and fall to our own ways not wanting to be committed to God.

For that not to happen, we need to be committed 100% whether it is carrying a football or carrying Godís Word in our lives.

 In football, the wide receiver learns about commitment by spending time alone, watching clips of himself playing, analyzing the mistakes he has made, looking at the playbook as important. It is one thing to just look at it and another thing to study it and practice it. He comes to realize about commitment from his coach and other players. In essence, he has 100% commitment to become a better player.

 In the same way, the best offense for us would be to spend time alone thinking through the actions we have done, analyzing the mistakes we have made, and looking at our playbook (the Word of God) wanting to improve, not allowing trials and tribulations to hinder us. The playbook (Word of God) is very important. It is one thing to just look at the Word of God but another thing to study and practice it.

 "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." (Joshua 1:8)

You can realize about commitment from the Master coach Jesus Christ. In essence, you can make a 100% commitment to become a better Word carrier.

So when persecution comes, you need not be intimidated by fear but can boldly say, "God has not given me the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." (2 Tim 1:7)

I have realized that being positioned correctly to receive the Word and committed to carrying it is not enough as scenario 3 sheds light.

 "Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain." (Mark 4:7, NIV)

"Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful." (Mark 4:18-19, NIV)

 In football, the wide receiver is now positioned and committed so he is able to receive the football and run with it even though he hears footsteps behind him.

 In excitement, he wants to make the touchdown on his own strength though without relying on the help of his teammates. The 3 Fís flash in his mind: fun, fame, and fortune. He now gets the ball and keeps running with it without realizing the danger he is in. The defense does not give in but piles upon him stripping the ball away and taking it, causing a fumble and recovering it. 

In the same way, when God sends us His Word, we are now positioned and committed to receiving it and run our daily lives. We run our lives well for a while with the joy of the Lord but not wanting other peoples help though. Soon the worries of this life Ďsuch as academics, relationships, careers, and so oní hit us so hard that we forget our eternal perspective. The end result is living a secluded life in brokenness making our lives unfruitful.

For that not to happen, it is important to receive the help that is provided.

 In football when a wide receiver fumbles the ball because he is overpowered by the defense, he should not be shunned by his teammates but he should take their support next time that they provide it.  

In the same way, we should not try to be a lone-ranger Christian in our lives. We should not think we donít need anyoneís help. We should follow Godís Word and take His help leaving the worries of this life in His Helping Hands! He provides His help in many ways mainly through His Church, the body of believers.

 "Let Him have all your worries and cares for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you." (1 Peter 5:7)

 Going to Church, small groups, fellowships, retreats etc will give us a support structure that will help supplement our time with the Lord and be an effective wide receiver as we carry the Word continuously with us. We need to do our part but also depend on others the Lord wants to use in our lives.

 "They devoted themselves to the apostlesí teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:42-47)

 After we are positioned correctly to receive the Word, committed to carrying the Word, and are in a community of believers in the Word, we are now in a position as wide receivers to win with the Word in our lives as scenario 4 shows.

"Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times." (Mark 4:8, NIV)

"Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a cropóthirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown." (Mark 4:20, NIV)

In football, the wide receiver now sees and hears the football coming. He knows he should position himself in the right place, be committed to what he is doing. He receives the football and runs with it making sure to take the help and support of all his teammates. While his teammates block the defense, the result is 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 TOUCHDOWN!!!

 In the same way when God sends us His Word, we now position our lives according to His plan and commit to carrying the Word. We do not stop there but are part of a community of believers in the Word. When we run, we now know the essence of teamwork. We ask God to take control of our lives and submit ourselves 100% to Him. While we are running, when the devil attacks us we draw our strength from being part of a community of believers in the Word and our personal relationship with the Lord through prayer and study of His Word. The result is 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 ETERNITY. We have gained a spiritual touchdown against our adversary, Satan. In God's eyes we become a champion and that's the best championship we can have because we will be surrounded by the Ultimate Champion: Jesus Christ!

"Carry each otherís burdens, and this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

"Farming/Football Offers Omnipotent Truths By Almighty Lord's Lessons!" (F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L)/
"What kind of  football receiver will you be?"

Prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the parable of the 4 seeds and how you used Kevin to explain the parable using a football diagram on the board. Lord, because of that I was able to analyze the similarities between farming and football and come up with this devotional. Oh Lord, I wonder if you were walking the earth today if you would have used football. Thank you for the applications and principles I have gotten out of your Word. Lord, help us please to be those on good soil so we can have victory as Christians. We need your help Lord for many times we fail and go back to the other soils and we don't like that. Lord, even when we mess up you are there to put us back on the right track. Thank you for your awesome promises. I pray Oh Lord that people's hearts would be touched and that they would come to know you more and more and have an excitement to study your Word and meditate on it. Please help us in our Christian walk for your honor and glory as we live here on earth. Thank you so much Jesus for all your help! Thank you for hearing us and answering us. We are so sorry for our sins and give ourselves to you acknowledging you as our Lord and Personal Savior. Please come into our heart and make our heart your home. Live in us Jesus and we will live for you and serve you the rest of the days of our lives. Thank you for being our Lord and Personal Savior, for saving us. Whatever your will for our lives, give us the willingness and strength to bear it as we turn ourselves to thee. Thank you Jesus we can turn to you. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

You can pray this prayer with me to offer yourself to Jesus!

Dear Jesus, thank you for being born in Bethlehem in a stable. You had a humble beginning even though you are the King of kings and Lord of lords. I am so sorry for my sins and confess all of them to you. Please Jesus forgive me of my sin and set me free from any bondage I am in. I turn myself over to you and offer myself as a present to you this New Year. Thank you for dying for my sin and coming back to life to save me. I do not know all I want to know about you but I want to start my journey with you and learn from you as I feed upon you and draw my nourishment from you. Help me please Jesus. Thank you so much Jesus. Thank you for saving us and being there for us. Please come Jesus into my heart and make my heart your home. Live in me Jesus and I will live for you and I will serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you Jesus you have heard my prayer and answered me. Thank you for being my Lord and Personal Savior. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Help me in my journey with you Oh Lord. Thank you Jesus! Amen!

Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but donít base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!

Spend time in His word and let the Lord speak to you! Start out in the Gospel of Mark which are also the devotionals I have been going through before the Christmas Devotionals and hope to continue in them. Learn from Jesus through study and prayer. Also find yourself a fellowship you can be part of where you can be part of a community of believers to supplement your own walk with the Lord. Let it be a Bible-believing and Bible-breathing church! Believe in Bible Live Eternally!

Feel free to email me at reddy4hisglory2004@yahoo.com if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-720-4579

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

Love in Christ,
Ramesh

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"What kind of F.O.O.T.B.A.L.L receiver will you be?"

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CHRISTMAS SEASON DEVOTIONALS

"What is your G.E.N.E.A.L.O.G.Y?" (Dec 08, 05)

"Can you say the P.R.E.S.E.N.C.E of the Lord is with you?" (Dec 09, 05)

"What do your G.R.E.E.T.I.N.G S do?"(Dec 10, 05)

"What kind of K.I.N.G.D.O.M will you be part of?"(Dec 15, 05)

"What do you do with your D.O.U.B.T.S?" (Dec 20,05)

"Where is your P.R.A.I.S.E?"(Dec 21, 05)

"How has L.O.V.E influenced your life?"(Dec 22, 05)

"Do you S.L.E.E.P on things?"(Dec 23, 05)

"How do you feel about your A.D.O.P.T.I.O.N?"(Dec 24, 05)

"How do you relate to the shepherds this C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S?"(Dec 25, 05)

"Who will you F.E.E.D upon this Christmas?"(Dec 26, 05)

SEPTEMBER 2005

MARK: CHAPTER 1

How seriously do you T.E.S.T.I.F.Y to prophecy?  (Sept 01, 05)

Who do you P.O.I.N.T to? (Sept 02.05)

"Will you take a S.T.A.N.D?" (Sept 03.05)

How is your loving P.R.A.I.S.E? (Sept 06.05)

"How do you handle T.E.M.P.T.A.T.I.O.N?" (Sept 07.05)

"Who controls your T.I.M.E?" (Sept 08, 05)

"What kind of P.R.O.F.E.S.S.I.O.N are you in?" (Sept 09, 05)

"Whose T.E.A.C.H.I.N.G.S do you listen to?" (Sept 12, 05)

"What C.A.P.T.I.V.I.T.Y are you facing today?" (Sept 15, 05)

"Where do you need H.E.A.L.I.N.G?" (Sept 19, 05)

"Where do you need an A.N.S.W.E.R?" (Sept 20, 05)

"Where do you find S.O.L.I.T.A.R.Y time with the Lord?" (Sept 21, 05)

"Where do you want to be C.L.E.A.N?" (Sept 22, 05)

"What do you actions C.A.U.S.E?" (Sept 24,05)

MARK: CHAPTER 2

"What kind of F.R.I.E.N.D are you?" (Sept 26, 05)

"Where does P.A.R.A.L.Y.S.I.S take hold of you?" (Sept 28, 05)

"What are you thinking in your M.I.N.D?" (Sept 29, 05)

"What do you represent by your A.C.T.I.O.N.S?" (Sept 30, 05)

OCTOBER 2005

"Where do you look for A.C.C.E.P.T.A.N.C.E?" (Oct 04, 05)

"Who Do You I.N.V.I.T.E?" (Oct 05,05)

When do you F.A.S.T? (Oct 24, 05)

How do you see your L.I.F.E? (Oct 25,05)

"What kind of L.E.A.D.E.R are you?" (Oct 26,05)

"What does the S.A.B.B.A.T.H mean to you?" (Oct 27,05)

MARK: CHAPTER 3

What are your N.E.E.D.S? (Oct 28, 05)

NOVEMBER 2005

What is your I.M.P.A.C.T?  (Nov 01,05)

What S.P.A.C.E  do you give yourself?
(Nov 07, 05)

"What has E.V.I.L done to you?"
(Nov 08, 05)

"How is your R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P with Jesus?" (Nov 14,05)

"Who will give God T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G because of you?" (Nov 25, 05) (Taken from Gospel of Luke)

"Where is your A.P.P.O.I.N.T.M.E.N.T in?" (Nov 29, 05)

DECEMBER 2005

"Where do you G.A.T.H.E.R?" (Dec 01, 05)

"How are your actions seen by your F.A.M.I.L.Y?" (Dec 02, 05)

"How do you handle S.L.A.N.D.E.R?" (Dec 03.05)

"What is your V.I.E.W of Jesus?" (Dec 28, 05)

"What are you doing with G.O.D.'S  W.I L.L?" (Dec 31,05)

JANUARY 2006

MARK: CHAPTER 4

"What do the P.A.R.A.B.L.E.S mean to you?" (Jan 04, 06)