Golfstat Sunday Devotional
With possibly the most creative Golfstat video introduction to date, CGF Staff Member Matt Van Zandt (South Central Region) shares a devotional from Matthew 19:16-22.
“What do I potentially love more than God?”
…Let’s take golf for example. Golf is a wonderful game, but it’s a terrible god. And if you play golf to enjoy it, to complete–you will have a blast. It’ll be frustrating at times, but you will have a blast doing it.
But if you play golf to give you a sense of purpose, a sense of meaning, then when you make, like, a hole-in-one, or your make an eagle, or you shoot 69, 65, you finish first in tournament or whatever, you’re gonna feel pretty dang good about yourself.
But as soon as you hit that one OB, you finish dead last in tournament, as soon as you shoot 80 in a qualifier, you’re not gonna feel very good about yourself. Because that thing that you love is really your god. And at that moment—say (in) golf, for example—if you shoot 80, that god’s a pretty terrible god.
And so, what Christ is offering us is greater than anything that we could ever imagine. He’s offering us this life, that is secure, that is abundant. And it’s free for us. That if we would come to him and trust him, that it would be available to us…
Are the things that you’re holding on to—how are they working out for you? Are they giving you security? Are they giving you true rest? Are they bringing you consistent, unimaginable, overflowing joy?
My guess is, probably not. You see, but that’s what Christ offers to us when we come to him… To be a Christ-follower…is truly about what you love. And not necessarily just a set of intellectual beliefs that you adhere to…
I don’t know about you, but a guy like me, who’s performance-based (and) struggles with guilt as it is; It is a great encouragement to me to know that my savior empathizes with my weaknesses–that he doesn’t strike the hammer of judgement…
And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.