We’re into the thick of the NFL football season and there are many teams still claiming to be good, or claiming to have good players, but in the world of sports it’s all about wins and losses. At the end of the day, it’s about the walk and not the talk.
“You are what your record says you are.” – Bill Parcells, Former NFL Coach and Superbowl Winner
Although the world of professional sports is far from Biblical, we can often glean truths out of game principles and coach wisdom. And we can apply today’s Bill Parcells quote to our walk of faith. Didn’t even the Apostle Paul compare our faith to running a race, or fighting a fight?
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24 KJV
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7 KJV
But the Bible verses most relevant to, “you are what your record says you are”, comes from James.
“Even so faith [the talk], if it hath not works [the walk], is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” – James 2:17-18 KJV
At the end of the day, if we talk a big game, but do not walk in the ways of God, then we are no more than hypocrites. At the end of the day our record stands for itself, and we are what our record says we are.
I hope you enjoyed the silly NFL “at the end of the day” clip. Thanks to Boomer & Carton for allowing downloads of their interview with New York Giants player Antrel Rolle. Go here to listen to the entire show segment.