For the past several weeks, much of the world has been eagerly watching the World Cup, with millions of people from all across the globe daring to dream their nation might bring the trophy home. Every victory prompts celebration, while defeat breaks their hearts.
While most Americans do not share the same fervor for soccer, we certainly understand the lure of fandom. While I may not daydream of the U.S. winning a World Cup, I do occasionally catch myself fantasizing about the Razorbacks winning an SEC championship (a fantasy far removed from reality, sadly).
But what if the Hogs were to somehow win the title in Atlanta this year? What would that mean for me? I would be excited and happy about it, and I would relish in the glow until the start of the next season. But as soon as they blew another game they should have won, I’d be down, grumbling, complaining about how terrible they are and calling for the coach to be fired.
You may prefer basketball, baseball or racing. Or perhaps you don’t care about sports at all, and are more invested in politics, business or hunting. Whatever your case may be, these treasures, fun though they may be, are agonizingly temporary.
This is why Jesus tells us to store our treasures in heaven instead (Matt. 6:19-21). While the glow of a sports victory can be snuffed out by the next defeat, the glory of heaven cannot be diminished by anyone or anything. In fact, the trials of this life just make its glory shine brighter!
Cheer for your teams, work for your business, and snag that 16-point buck, but follow Christ before any of that. Victory in Jesus is the only victory that satisfies and lasts.