Crowds cheering, people screaming – the atmosphere is electrifying! Recently at a game my focus moved away from the opponents and I began to focus on the referee.
The referee watched intently each moving part of the game, and with agility he kept up with the players with great examination. His exact perspective kept the game objective, comparing all plays and actions to the big picture; he was measuring each action to the rules of engagement. Boundaries were marked to keep every player to the same standard. The referee would blow his whistle and shout to bring everyone’s attention to each action in question and judge it accordingly. Often players don’t like the call or objection, but the referee had the final word.
Just as the Holy Spirit is the great umpire of the soul – Mercy is the great referee. Shouting the evidence of what has been paid so the debt no longer disqualifies the player. Mercy shouts out play by play and rules justly.
Here is the rules of engagement
- What ever doesn’t represent the heart of God – Mercy will object to, and challenge every play and ruling that violates the heart of God.
- Mercy will testify that the debt has been paid and we are no longer bound under the law. All that we are is because of mercy.
- Guilt, shame and fear are rendered powerless as the attention is focused on the Giver of Mercy and not the receiver.
- We are WINNERS before we even start.
Winning is not limited to triumphing over another team, but it is having a winning mindset – learning and growing regardless of the outcome. This mindset is cultivated as we go beyond evidence alone and harness our attitude.
In heaven the blood of Christ is on the mercy seat, this is the only place were Christ meets us for fellowship. Mercy testifies of the work that Jesus did, and declares that it was enough!
Focus in and hear the “referee” that always points you to Jesus. “Be-careful not to measure yourself by yourself this is unwise” in 2 Corinthians 10:12. Ignore and deflect all other calls. Stay in the Game.