Cricket to us was more than play; it was a worship in the summer sun. — Edmund Blunden
Sports bring out the “crazy” in people. Nowhere else can you have a stadium full of ordinarily rational human beings go from euphoria (We scored!) to soul-crushing heartache (They scored!) in a matter of seconds. Sports are a funny manifestation of a deep truth: We absolutely crave something to worship.
To properly worship the Lord we must make an “offering” of ourselves. It doesn't happen instantly (which really rubs us raw in this age of fast food and instant messaging). We demand things right now. If it's not quick and easy, we convince ourselves it must not be worth our effort.
This type of thinking makes it unusually hard to discipline our minds and bodies. But that is what God calls us to: Disciplined minds and bodies offered up to Him in the service of worship.
We will worship something or someone. It's how we are designed, as creatures of worship. It's why we cheer at sports events passionately—and also scream in anguish at a loss.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. (Romans 6:6)
When we become a believer, our spirit becomes alive to God and dead to indwelling sin, so indwelling sin is no longer master over us. You discover this in your mind. As the Holy Spirit enlightens your mind and illuminates Scripture as you study it, you discover truths about who you are—a creature of worship designed to bring glory to God.
Knowing this, I mean really knowing it, is what helps us make the decision to offer ourselves as instruments of worship to Christ and not to sin.
Lord Jesus, my desire is to become an offering to You and nothing else. Reveal to me the plan You have for me today. I praise You and thank You for freeing me from sin when I was crucified with You. By the power of Your spirit, I choose to worship You! Illuminate Your Word as I read it, and give me the patterns of thought and action that naturally reflect who You are in me and who I am in You. Amen.