My favorite position on a football team is the Offensive Line. These men sacrifice all to make a play happen. If you ever watch a football game you’ll notice that after every play the offensive linemen are typically picking themselves up off of the ground. Why? Because they have to get low and block the opposing line and linebackers as well as blitzers in order to keep the play moving. In other words, they end the play on the ground to keep their quarterback or running back up and running. They bite the dust in order to insure the success of the play and the team.
We can learn a lot from offensive linemen!
We must submit and lower ourselves in order to pick up people. But here’s the catch. It’s an offensive lineman’s job to hit the ground and get dirty, but it’s our choice! We can choose if we submit ourselves to God and others in order to insure the success of others in the family of God.
Joshua 24:15 states “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” (NIV)
Our actions to follow God and lift up others is a choice. Sure, we might get a little dirty, but it pleases the heart of God and strengthens the family of God. Just like those offensive linemen, we’re likely to end up on the ground and we’re likely to get dirty, but we make a way to insure the success of others. This is true sacrificial living.
In order to live a life in sacrifice to God we must choose to follow him and his teachings.
Just as our sacrificial living is a choice, God chose us. Colossians 3:12 states: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (NIV)
Notice in this text that clothing ourselves in a way that honors God (and builds up the family of God) requires selfless actions. Actions that deny ourselves and lift up others. When we are compassionate, kind, humble and gentle, we are honoring God and lifting up others. We are submitting ourselves for the sake of the success of others…Kind of like an offensive lineman.
So it’s your choice, what are you going to choose?