The Greatest Game Ever Played

Francis Quimet had no idea how this one was going to end. I do. I watched this movie two weeks ago. But I won’t tell you. You can watch the storyline unfold and get caught up in all the drama yourself. If Lucia and I were watching this movie with you we most certainly would be watching it from different perspectives.

You would be curious, hopeful and maybe even at times anxious as to ending of the greatest game ever played. We would be assured, calm and certain of the ending and though we could get caught up in the rapidly changing events of the movie we would be anchored by the truth that the Writer has brought this one to a satisfying conclusion.

Rom 8:30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Don’t be fooled. For the Christian it ends well. Those whom he has predestined he has also called. And for those whom he has called he has also justified. And for those whom he has justified he has also glorified. In God’s mind all the “words” of Romans 8:30 are in the past tense. The Writer has written the script. That which he has begun he has completed and the “movie” has been sealed to the day of our redemption. (See Phil 1:6; Eph 4:30)

From God’s perspective the movie is over. Just because we are still living it out, meandering through the morass, does not mean that Someone is not aware of how it ends. And thanks be to God that he knows. We are glorified in the mind of God. It’s done. The gig is up. The show is over. The fat lady has sung her song. We are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Col 3:1). In the mind of God future glory is our present hope, our present tense assurance.

Now here’s a question for you: Are you more aware of the difficulty of the journey, the challenges of the journey, the sin in the journey or our Great God who has already brought things to a satisfying conclusion because of the Cross?

Let me ask it another way: Are you really living in the good of the gospel?

Go for it! Live well, live full. Take a chance from the bunker. Swing hard. Live in hope. Don’t worry about the rough or the next time you slice it into the woods because this one ends well. I would tell you, but I want you to walk the fairways, soak it in, watch the movie, all the while trusting in your great God who wrote the script.

I can tell you this much. It ends very well!!

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About RickThomasNet

Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking. In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

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