Choosing Sides: When Following Jesus Doesn’t Make You a Winner

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It’s Super Bowl week if you haven’t noticed…

And, it’s not hard to figure out what team people are rooting for (at least where I live in the Northwest).

The people of Washington state are proud of their Seahawks.

(They’ve even given themselves a name…the Twelves).

I imagine that many people all over the US (and the world) have chosen sides for the Big Game.

Some are die-hard fans…

Some are jumping on the bandwagon…

(And, some just don’t want to see the team they love to hate win again…)

Now, I don’t know about Patriot fans, but I can say that Seahawk fans are unashamed of their team.

Believe me, there’s lots of ways they show their pride.

It’s obvious what team they’re rooting for…what side they’ve picked.

And, they want nothing more than to win another Super Bowl.

But, all of this got me thinking…

If following Jesus is like choosing which team you root for in the Super Bowl, do people know which side I’m on?

Does my everyday life make it obvious that I’m a Jesus-follower?

Or, am I ashamed of being on His side?

Following Jesus doesn’t always mean that you’re a winner in everyday life.

You’re still going to have bad days.

You’re still going to face disappointment.

You’re still going to be hurt.

You’re still going to fail…and lose.

And, it’s in those times of “losing” that which side you’re on is truly tested.

It’s easy to be a Jesus-follower when life is good (kind of like it’s easy to be a fan when your team is good), but what about when life is not so good? 

Or to put it another way…

It’s easy to be a Jesus-follower when everyone else around you is following Jesus, but what about when being on His side isn’t so popular?

At the end of the day, have you ever been ashamed of following Jesus…of being on His side?

Or, does your life make it clear to people that you’re a follower of Jesus no matter what the outcome (or who’s following with you)?

Choosing sides for the Super Bowl may make you a winner for one week.

Choosing sides for eternity lasts forever.

So, choose wisely…

And enjoy the game on Sunday…no matter which side you’re on.

24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 25 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? 26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels.

(Luke 9:24-26)  (NLT)

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