My name is Daniel Whyte III, and welcome to the God Receives Glory Even From Football podcast. This podcast is based off of my new book of the same name. I wrote the book because I believe out of all the national sports God has received more glory and praise from American football over the past one hundred years than all of the other sports combined. This episode is chapter four of the book, titled “First Down in Life is Analogous to a Fresh Start to Reaching the Goal.”
Chuck Noll of the Pittsburgh Steelers said “If you want to WIN, do the ordinary things BETTER than anyone else does them day in and day out.”
Philippians 3:14 reads, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
As first downs are important in the game of football so they are important in this game called life. Getting a first down in a day is accomplishing that first goal of the day on the way to accomplishing your ultimate goal. For example: If you are writing a thirty chapter book, your first down is getting your first chapter done. This gives you a little more momentum towards getting a first down towards your goal or to another chapter in this case. You must understand the more first downs you get the closer you get towards reaching the goal line and winning the game. Mind you, now, first downs are important and necessary but they are not the end all. Getting the touch down is what you are going for in life. Oftentimes it takes a series of first downs to reach the touch down, and so it is in life. The beautiful thing about first downs is that they build that intangible thing called momentum. Football games have turned around when quarterbacks and teams put together a drive or a series of getting first downs. They have said to have gained the upper hand, or the momentum has shifted to that team. So if you want to accomplish something in life using football as a analogy, put together a series of first downs so that you can win in this game called life.
Now, the only way you can give God the glory through football is to be saved by believing in Jesus. Here is how:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
I hope that this podcast will remind you to give glory to God throughout this year’s football season.