I am looking forward to my first full season watching my new sport . . . English Premier League Soccer. I started watching late last season, but my love of the game, and my desire just to be different, have me eager to follow the full season. The most unique aspect of EPL soccer has to be the idea of relegation.
At the end of every season the three last place teams are moved to a lower division, while the top three teams of the lower division move up to the Premier League. (Imagine the impact on Major League Baseball if the three last place teams moved to the minor leagues. Bad news for the Pittsburg Pirates, huh?)
Most of those teams that get moved up one year – end up getting relegated the next year. So, I am going to choose one new team and cheer for them to avoid relegation. There’s something I like about having to prove yourself in order to stay at the top level, rather than just relying on the past.
Which is kind of the way God is. No, you don’t lose your salvation if you sin, that is the whole point of needing a Savior. But, you sure can lose your position. Just ask King Saul. He was the Lord’s anointed, but he just could not follow the Lord. He was so talented and so strong and so likeable that he kept disobeying God until the point when Samuel came and said in I Samuel 15:23, “Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king.” Verse 28 goes on to say, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.” In other words, you have been relegated.
God takes sin very seriously; you should as well. So, I will be cheering for those three new teams, and I will be praying that God does not relegate you because of your sin.
I Samuel 15:23
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.”
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