By: Brian G. Chilton | February 5, 2018
Last night, I joined thousands of others watching one of the most-watched spectacles of the year. Of course, I am talking about Super Bowl LII. The Philadelphia Eagles faced the always dangerous New England Patriots. The Patriots had won 5 championships already. The Eagles had not won a single one. The Patriots were led by their franchise quarterback Tom Brady. The Eagles relied on their backup quarterback Nick Foles after Carson Wentz’s was injured. The story for this game was already intense going into the game. However, when Nick Foles and the Eagles won, it was a true underdog victory.
Admittedly, I am neither an Eagles nor Patriots fan. I cheer on the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers lost in the first round. The Packers . . . oh, well, let’s just say they have a lot of work to do. Most importantly, I am a Jesus fan. Which this is what led me to find a great interest in the Eagles: the testimony of Nick Foles.
Nick had almost given up on the NFL. He currently attends Liberty University’s Rawling School of Divinity during the offseason in hopes of becoming a high school pastor after his NFL career is over. Already, I was cheering on the Eagles because of this fact. But, the demonstration of faith, not only by Foles but also from his coach and several of his teammates, made me even happier for this team.
During my devotions today, I came across a passage from Paul’s letter to the church of Colossae. Paul notes, “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism” (Colossians 3:23-25, CSB). This means that every job is important.
No matter what the task, the Christian has a testimony. No matter how menial or how glamorous, the Christian should work for the glory of the Lord. From the person digging ditches to the CEO of a company, every position is important. How much do we glorify the Lord in what we do? This is the challenge I think Nick Foles gives us. He showed integrity after leading his Eagles to a Super Bowl win and he showed integrity when things did not go well for him. In all things, he tried his best to give glory to God. We should strive to do the same.
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About the Author
Brian G. Chilton is the founder of BellatorChristi.com and is the host of The Bellator Christi Podcast. He received his Master of Divinity in Theology from Liberty University (with high distinction); his Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Gardner-Webb University (with honors); and received certification in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Brian is currently in the Ph.D. program in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University. Brian is full member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics and the Christian Apologetics Alliance. Brian has been in the ministry for over 15 years and serves as the pastor of Huntsville Baptist Church in Yadkinville, North Carolina.
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