READ : Hebrews 10:12-25
Tom Osborne has taken the national football championship of 1994-95 in stride, even after seven straight post-season bowl defeats. He has coached the Nebraska Cornhuskers for twenty-two years, and in the words of one player, “has the unbelievable respect from the players.” He has led his teams to eleven conference titles and at least nine wins each year, amassing a record of 219-47-3. And the 24-17 victory for the national championship was sweet.
Osborne does not rant, rave and swear on the sideline like so many other coaches. Although competitive, he is soft spoken and acts like a gentleman. One of his coaches says “Football is not number one for Tom Osborne. His faith is. He’s a professing Christian and he applies his faith to family and athletics.” Further, Ron Brown says, “Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will follow afterwards…I don’t think his treasure is, `I’ve got to win this game or I’m a loser, I’m a failure.’ I think his treasure is a little higher than that” (Associated Press, August 20, 1995).
When Christians are covered by the sacrifice of Christ, they grow and mature. You can tell they are changed people. They live “toward love and good deeds” (10:24). Those Christ saves are set apart for the service of God and that forever.
Heavenly Father, grant me maturity. Help be to become more like Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.