As I write this, the news is filtering through that subject to a last minute legal battle, LFC have been sold to new owners, the debt cleared and the path for renewed success hopefully cleared – a little at least. Perhaps at last the Club can get back to worrying not about the future of the institution, but focus on playing exciting competitive football once again.
Why do I write about LFC in a church newsletter? Because there are similarities between their situation and ours. The Bible tells us that by becoming followers of Jesus we have undergone a change of owners. We are no longer saddled with the debt of sin or death but have been freed to live a life of life and hope in God’s Kingdom. What is key for LFC right now is for the players to leave behind their current form, and to look forwards and beginning playing like the stars that they are, looking to the new owners and manager, not backwards to fear and uncertainty. So it is with us. It is not enough to simply switch allegiance to Jesus, but to follow, to life our lives in response to what Jesus has revealed to us, to follow where he goes. Paul makes the same point in the book of Romans when he writes,
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom. 12:1-2)
Let us let our new owner shape us by his Spirit, and let that shaping become deeply ingrained in our lives as we put it into practise.
Church Newsletter article for Sunday 10th October 2010