Had an interesting discussion with my son today. In trying to instill in him a love for sports, we were watching the Notre Dame game. (Win over Stanford, in case you missed it.) At one point, they were replaying a particular play trying to determine if “the nose of the ball broke the plane of the goal line” and I was doing my best to explain to Nathan what that meant – that in football, the ball only has to barely touch the line to be a score.
And it got me thinking – is following Jesus more like football or soccer? In other words, does Jesus want “break the plane” followers, or “whole ball across the whole line” followers? I believe, as in football, we are “in” when the “nose” of our faith “breaks the plane” of God’s amazing grace. But I also believe that living a life that pleases God requires more than that. I believe it is more like soccer.
You see, in soccer, for a goal to be scored, “the whole ball must be across the whole line”. In other words, the ball has to be fully across – fully committed – to count.
I want to follow Jesus soccer-style. I want my whole life to be fully devoted to living and loving like Jesus.
How about you – where are you on the line?