When I was a kid people used to sing a song called "Football Crazy". I cannot remember who sang it or who made it famous but the words have stuck in my mind.
Tonight, supporters of Liverpool Football Club, who are literally football crazy, are desperately disappointed at their defeat in the Europa Cup Final at the hands of Seville. They love the sport and look forward, every week, to their team playing with energy and enthusiasm with the basic aim of winning the game.
Winning is a great incentive in life. This has always been the case. It seems to be a natural part of the human psyche. It's what gives some people the reason to get out of bed in the morning. For some people it drives them to do things to a very high standard. For others it seems to be just the reason for living - to get ahead, to be better than others, to be successful.
In the bible being successful is not condemned but a health warning is attached to make us aware of the potential dangers. In the book of James we warned about the rich and what they do to others. When Paul writes to a young man called Timothy he warns about people who make it their live's ambition to be rich. He comments that they often are "pierced through with many sorrows," 1 Timothy 6:10. The same verse teaches that the "love of money is the root of all evil".
In light of these verses we would all need to be very careful about how we approach success and the accumulation of wealth.
I close with the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Luke chapter 12 verse 15 it is recorded that he said "take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth". Again Matthew records the Lord Jesus as saying, in Matthew 16 verse is 25 and 26, "for whosoever will save his life shall lose it, and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. So what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give any exchange for his soul".
If you can't bring it upon yourself to listen to what I say please at least listen to the words of the Lord Jesus and respond accordingly.
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