As many of you know, the start of February marks a very amazing time! It is time for the Super Bowl! Six months of constant football, week after week, comes down to one game to declare one champion! While I am still quite upset the Broncos are not in the Super Bowl this year, the two teams in this year’s championship should provide an entertaining game, the Los Angeles Rams verses the New England Patriots. Since the playoffs started a few weeks ago and my team did not make it, I have been rooting for the Los Angeles Rams to win the whole thing! Two weeks ago, when the Patriots punched their ticket, I became even more pro Los Angeles Rams because quite frankly I am strongly against everything that involves the New England Patriots! Go Rams, right?
But then I started thinking, if Tom Brady wins this year’s Super Bowl, making it a total of 6, yes 6, Super Bowl victories, maybe, just maybe he will walk away from the game of football a champion. Tom Brady’s retirement from the game would mean my team, the Denver Broncos, would not have to deal with him anymore and that would provide a lot less stress for me as a fan! So I started wanting the Patriots to win this year’s Super Bowl with the distant, far off dream of Tom Brady leaving football behind after doing so! No Tom Brady equals a better chance for the Broncos each year! Let’s go Pats!
Now I still have yet to make up my mind on who I want to win the Super Bowl, but that’s okay, maybe I will just sit back and enjoy a good game and enjoy the people around me! But this got me thinking, how often do we, as imperfect creations, begin to flip back and forth between living for this world and living for God’s Kingdom. Whether it’s football, money, relationships, or things, we all tend to gravitate towards idolizing worldly things while also trying to place God in his rightful position in our hearts.
Matthew 6:33 states that we cannot possibly serve two masters. In other words, we cannot possibly live with one foot in God’s Kingdom and one foot living in the world.
"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
We, as God’s children, are called to live entirely for His Kingdom.
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
But how do we do this? How do we set the desires of this world behind us and devote ourselves completely to living by Gods law and love? Below I have provided 3 challenges for you to do each and every day for the next 28 days that can help you move closer each day to living with both feet firmly planted in Gods Kingdom.
1) Read the bible for 15 minutes a day - Immersing yourself if Gods Word puts Gods promises, truths, and love at the front of your mind!
2) Limit social media time - Phones these days have app limiting software. Set limits to your usage and use the other time to get into Gods Word
3) Turn on worship music on your drive to and from work - Listening to worship music prepares your heart and structures your heart posture in a positive manner.
Let’s all try to do these three things every day for the whole month of February and watch your stance go from one foot in, one foot out, to both feet firmly planted in Gods Kingdom. Test it for 28 days and see how God honors your willingness to pursue Him wholeheartedly! You will not regret it!
Father, thank you, thank you for who you are, thank you for who you will continue to be. Thank you for moving in our lives even when we cannot see it. Father, I pray for strength and guidance in our quest to live completely in Your Kingdom, living for Your will. I pray you go before us Lord and prepare the way for all the moments You have divinely scheduled. Help us to remember that it is by your strength that we live, not our own. I love you and we pray this in Your mighty name. Amen