Tie Breaker

>> Monday, November 21, 2011

Yesterday I watched the last race of the NASCAR season … to see who the champion would be this year. Usually, the winner of that trophy is so far ahead in points that even though they finish the race back in the pack, the rest of the field cannot make up enough points to overtake them. So a driver wins the race, but no one really notices because all eyes are on the new champion.  

Not so this year. Going into this race, the top two contenders were separated by just a few points … so either Tony or Carl could be champion. They put on quite a show. After a rain delay, they were running 1st and 2nd … Tony leading and Carl behind him. Amazingly, that meant they were tied in points. Whoever won the race claimed the championship.  

They gave it everything they had. Carl could not get past Tony. There was a tie breaker system in place. If the race finished with them tied, then the one who had the most wins would be the champion. Tony was given the trophy.  

As I thought about the tie breaker, my introspection turned to life. Two families can live side by side. They both keep their yards clean, are friendly, go to work, attend church, raise polite children and pay their bills. To the world, it’s a tie between them.  

But as a Christ-follower, we have a tie breaker. Do they know Jesus … and follow Him? At the end of the race, that makes all the difference.  

“I'm about to die, my life an offering on God's altar. This is the only race worth running. I've run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that's left now is the shouting—God's applause! Depend on it, He's an honest judge. He'll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for His coming.” 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (MSG)  


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