I’ve always been amazed with people who can remember so many different facts, statistics, and other detailed information about people, events, or things; people who are keen on various sports and player statistics are especially impressive to me. A good friend of mine is like a human sports encyclopedia; he can seemingly recall the name and statistics of male and female sports figures, past, present, and prospective without hesitation.  I know others (myself included) who know and can speak  some information regarding sports but their knowledge is limited and they’re more opinionated than they’re accurate; they may have an interest in some sports but they’re not committed to them like my friend is. Still, others couldn’t care less about sports or anything sports related, but may be enthusiastic about other such things…to each his/her own.

The same is true with Christianity. Some people are truly knowledgeable and wise concerning the teachings and example of Christ and are committed to discerning and fulfilling the will of God through study of the scriptures and righteous living. Some have a limited knowledge of God’s word and his will; they may have attended a few bible classes here and there or they hold the words of those they consider to be spiritual as truth and pass it on as such. These people are usually more opinionated than they are knowledgeable about the word of God; little of what they say regarding spiritual matters is fact. Still others couldn’t care less about Jesus Christ, salvation, and the will/word of God; they are considered atheists or Christian antagonists. Though I find those who have random bits of information stored regarding various sports figures and such to be interesting, I am truly fond of those who are married to Christ and committed to serving the Lord; I, too, am part of this fine group of people that make up the body of Christ. The apostle Paul tells Timothy (his son in the faith), “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.” (2 Tim 2:15, NASB) While sports statistics and related opinions are not necessarily considered the “worldly and empty chatter,” that Paul was referring to, true Christians recognize that when compared to God, everything else (sports, events, people, etc.) is worthless; what is important, however, is being attentive to the will of God and being approved by Him as one who is diligent and able to appropriately apply and present His word. Fact of the matter is, God desires that you commit yourself to thinking, saying, and doing those things that will give Him the glory; this was the very reason in which you were created. The Wise King Solomon concludes, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear Godand keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Eccl. 12:13, NIV) If you can retain volumes of information regarding sports and cannot set aside any time to determine what the word of God says, you’re doing a disservice to God and placing your soul in jeopardy! Let’s go with Knowing God’s Word for 1,000 Alex!

MD 6/1/12