As we sat on the edge of our seats, my husband and I looked at each other in disbelief. They finally did it, the Eagles won their first Superbowl! As die hard Philadelphian’s, we understood that even if you knew nothing about the sport, you understood that this monumental win could elevate the esteem of a city that loves hard and un-apologetically.
We continued to embrace the sheer excitement as we sat closer to the TV, watching the acceptance speeches from the owner, coach, and players. Even the funny moment of Kevin Hart getting rejected by the massive body guard as he tried to approach center stage to celebrate with the team, made us laugh without an end in sight. And then it happened…
“How do you explain this, that nine years ago you’re coaching in high school and here you are with this trophy?” NBC’s Dan Patrick asked Philadelphia’s Coach Doug Pederson. “I can only give the praise to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity, And I’m going to tell you something. I’ve got the best players in the world, and it’s a resilient group.”
As die hard Philadelphian’s, we understood that even if you knew nothing about the sport, you understood that this monumental win could elevate the esteem of a city that loves hard and un-apologetically.
My husband and I cheered at the top of our lungs. Not only did the Eagles win, but Jesus was glorified! The rest of the night was a blur as we both lost our voices from screaming and running in the street with our normally conservative neighbors.
I woke up the next day ready to catch my quarterly work flight to New Orleans and could not shake the spiritual presence of the previous nights events. The Eagles were considered the underdogs, even after they exhibited the expertise and athletic ability to successfully deliver wins each game coming into the Superbowl; they were still considered to be a minimal match for the Patriots.
In my years of experience sharing the Gospel, I’ve come to realize that this same parallel stands with believers. Many believers still consider Christ to be the underdog in their life, never truly believing he can defeat their problems, transform their lives, and free them from sin. Although Christ has shown the power and ability to successfully deliver wins against the enemy, many believers still consider him to be a minimal match for their “current problems”. These believers don’t TRUST, but THINK; I THINK God can free me from addiction vs I TRUST God can heal me from addiction. Trusting is knowing in full confidence it will be done.
The Eagles were considered the underdogs, even after they exhibited the expertise and athletic ability to successfully deliver wins each game coming into the Superbowl…
Psalms 9: 10 states, Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Now look at that! Those who know your name TRUST IN you because you have shown that you are dependable to those who seek (or have a relationship with) you. As believer’s we are called to trust not based off of blind faith, but based off of Christ’s proven track record.
I think coach Doug Pederson said something amazing when he stated; “I’ve got the best players in the world, and it’s a resilient group.” In order to walk fully in Christ you have to be resilient! When the odds are placed against you, you have to TRUST fully in Christ with RESILIENCY knowing that he will keep his promises to you.
Pederson knew that he could not have come this far without his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, however, he also understood the resiliency of his amazing team to stay the course even when the odds have been stacked against them.
In order to walk fully in Christ you have to be resilient!
As Christians we are no longer the underdogs! We have joined the winning team! Some of us need that Kevin Hart type faith; just mosey on up to the devil to take your spot on the stage no matter how big the opposition may be LOL!
FLY EAGLES! FLY…..