The Perfect Game Plan: Own Goal

Image Source: The Two Escobars

Day 3

Mistakes are inevitable, but inaction is unpardonable.

READ: Hebrews 3:12-19

Reaching to block a cross, the Colombian defender Andrés Escobar watched in horror as the ball deflected off his leg and cannoned into his own net. That costly mistake helped eliminate the powerful Colombian team from the 1994 Cup. Ten days later, Escobar was shot dead in his hometown. His tragic death is one of the saddest stories in the annals of World Cup history.

In life we are often able to redeem ourselves and recover from our errors, but not all of us will have that opportunity. The biggest mistake we can ever make is rejecting God’s Son, Jesus Christ. His death on the cross makes it possible for those who believe in Him to receive God’s full pardon for their sins. Whether we reject or accept Jesus determines where we will be spending eternity.

Escobar was known to say, “Life doesn’t end here.” We are wise to consider where it does end. The Bible admonishes us that “today when you hear His [God’s] voice, don’t harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:15). Unbelief in God will lead to certain judgment. We need to acknowledge Jesus before facing God one day. Avoid scoring the ultimate “own goal” for which there is no second chance.

World Cup Trivia
Who holds the record of most goals scored in a tournament? Why does Italy play in blue when its national flag doesn’t have that color?
Did you know…
that Tunisia was the first African country to win a match in the World Cup finals when they dispatched Mexico 3 to 1 in 1978?
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