On the Bubble
This past Sunday men's college basketball teams from
around the country awaited anxiously for the NCAA selection committee's
announcement regarding just what 34 teams would receive an at-large bid to play
in the most prestigious tournament of the year, the NCAA Championship, also
known as "March Madness". As
pairings were announced one by one, and the brackets were being determined, the
faces of the young men and their coaches displayed varying degrees of
anticipation, which only grew as the announcements progressed, especially among
those teams "on the bubble".
If we were able to read minds, then we no doubt would hear thoughts such
as these emanating from them: "Were we good enough? Did our won-lost record warrant
consideration? Will we make it to `the
big dance'?" Each time a
"bubble team" heard its name announced a huge sigh of relief was
breathed audibly, followed by an outburst or unbridled joy and celebration, as
hugs and high fives were given all round.
I enjoy college basketball and all the hoopla
surrounding March Madness, and I like trying to figure out which teams are
going to make it in based upon the strength of the resume they bring to the
committee, and which teams will be sent home packing. It is something I can enjoy and share with my
sons as we see which of us will be the best prognosticator over the outcome of
the games in the tournament as we fill out our printed brackets.
Unfortunately, and what I find quite saddening, is
that I have seen and heard too many of my brothers and sisters in Christ look
at the state of their salvation as being nothing more than being a "bubble
team". I have heard many say
throughout the years various versions of, "When Judgment Day comes, if I
make it, it will only be by the skin of my teeth!" or "If I make it I
will be one of those individuals who just barely manages to squeeze through
those Pearly Gates!"
These attitudes display a genuine lack of faith to
trust that God will keep His promises and a belief that it is through our works
that we are saved. But neither of these
is correct. God is not a liar, and He WILL save ALL who are in Christ and remain faithful unto death (Revelation
2:10). Paul was able to write confidently to the Christians in
May God bless you!