Make a goal-line stand against temptation! Take your defensive stance and refuse to give up one more inch to sin! These are the lessons the Seattle Seahawks taught me about resisting temptation.
While I live in Massachusetts and follow the NFL New England Patriots, I also root for the Seattle Seahawks since I spent 22 years living in the Pacific Northwest. That makes it a challenge of conscience when the two teams play each other as they did last night. It’s also hard on the body when the Seahawks play on Monday Night Football or Sunday Night Football and the game goes until midnight on the east coast.
The past two weeks, the commentators on MNF and SNF made a point to explain that the defensive philosophy of the Seahawks is to “defend every blade of grass.” That philosophy resulted in victories over the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots.
Free Safety Earl Thomas said, “It was everybody putting their body on the line, fighting for every inch, every blade of grass, and we got it done.”
“This win says exactly what our creed says — we fight ’til we can’t fight no more,’’ Strong Safety Kam Chancellor said. “No matter what the circumstance is, we never look back, keep pushing forward and fighting.”
As Christ followers, we should take a similar approach in resisting temptation and fighting sin. James 4:7 instructs us to place ourselves under the authority of our heavenly coach and make a goal-line stand against sin.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
In the same way that a football player suits up for a battle in the trenches, so we are to put on the full armor of God if we want to stand against our enemy (Ephesians 6:10-20).
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Just as a football player defends every blade of grass to keep their opponent out of the end zone, so Christ followers are to do whatever it takes to remove sin from their lives (Colossians 3:5).
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
In the same way that a football player looks to the sidelines for instruction and encouragement from the coaching staff, so we are to keep our eyes on Jesus. He encourages us when we are weary and ready to give up (Hebrews 12:1-6).
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
Resist temptation. Defend every blade of grass. Don’t allow sin to cross your goal line. Stand Firm!