When someone gets excited about a sporting event they are called a fan and their enthusiasm is generally viewed favorably by society. When someone gets excited about going to Heaven they are called a fanatic and their enthusiasm is generally viewed negatively by society.
Is there anything wrong with this picture? Let’s think about it. 100 years from now, how significant will it be that your team won or lost the sporting event? 100 years from now, how significant will it be that you and your loved ones chose to follow Christ and go to Heaven instead of rejecting His offer of Salvation and spending eternity in Hell?
Thinking the other direction, how significant today are the scores of the many games played 100 years ago? But, how significant are the great evangelistic campaigns of the last century to those now in Heaven from those meetings?
Obviously sports and games have their place. But reserving our greatest enthusiasm for what matters in eternity will redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.