Home field advantage

Home field advantage

Ions ago, when I played sports, home field advantage was always a big thing. In fact, I can’t think of a situation where it was not a huge advantage to play the game on our home court or field.

Let me ask you a question. As a Christian, playing the game of life, do you feel like you have home field advantage? I realize that in one sense we are strangers and pilgrims in this world – just passing through. But, in another sense – if you stop and think about it – we have a huge home field advantage. As John Stonestreet said, “We’ll never meet a person who’s not made in the image of God. We’ll never meet a person who lives in a world that God didn’t create.” That’s a great point. Many times Christians act like they’re playing on an away field, but it’s really the opposite.

I realize that the Apostles John said, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. But, the Greek word translated “world” in that passage is kosmos, which has a moral connotation and means the world apart from God. It’s speaking of pagan society with its false values and false gods.

But as it has to do with the actual substance of the world – the field, if you will, that everyone plays on – that belongs to our creator. Thinking about this truth reminded me of the great hymn This is My Fathers World. Let the words of this song encourage you as you play the game of life this week.

This is my Fathers world,
And to my listening ears,
All nature sings and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Fathers world,
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas,
His hand, the wonders wrought.
This is my Fathers world,
The birds, their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white
Declare their makers praise.
This is my Fathers world,
Oh let me neer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.

Yes, we do indeed have home field advantage!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1