This Sunday is the Superbowl when the New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks. The players will listen to their coaches and run their plays. They will run for touchdowns in the direction that will give them points. We will be able to tell who is on whose team by their jerseys, and in fact, we will be able to tell who the fans are cheering for by their jerseys. The team colors or team name will be on the jersey to identify everyone.
That’s the picture I get from the verse above in Isaiah. It’s the identification of the “Lord’s team”- God is saying the one will outright say, “I am the Lord’s” and another will write it on their hand, like we might put an Eagles wallpaper on our phone or wear an Eagles jersey showing we “belong” to that team. It is who they will be identified with.
So, heading out of the house today, whose jersey are we wearing? Whose name is written on our hands? Who do we want to win and whose instruction will we be taking to run the plays of life? Who will we score for?
There are only two teams to choose from-God’s or Satan’s. The playbook was written long ago. As you went to school today and respected your teacher that others make fun of or you said a kind word to the classmate who sits alone in lunch, you were running God’s play of “love on another as I have loved you.” If you didn’t talk back to daddy or I and you obeyed us by doing what we asked cleaning up after yourself at a meal, or cleaning your room-you were following the playbook instruction to “obey and honor your parents”. When you choose to stay in and not go to a party because there might be alcohol and/or other drugs at the party, you are running the “bad company corrupts good morals” play.
When we “look like Jesus” where we are and follow his instruction, then it is His name people will see on yours and my invisible jersey and they will know whose team we are on. Our “plays” and the direction we take, identify whose team we are on. I don’t know who will win this Superbowl, but I can tell you who will win the game of life everlasting. It’s “the Lord’s” team-the jersey we are wearing. Remember to follow the playbook and recruit as many players for this team as you can. Play hard and play well!