The Perfect Game Plan: Taking Chances

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Day 11

Certainty makes taking chances redundant.

READ: Ephesians 2:1-10

It was 1994 and the first ever World Cup final to be decided by a penalty shootout.

Italian captain Baresi began poorly by shooting over the bar. Next, Brazilian Santos’ weak shot was saved before Albertini fired the Italians into the lead. Romario then leveled it for Brazil, and Evani slotted it past the keeper. But Branco restored parity, sending the keeper the wrong way. Up stepped Massaro, but his shot was brilliantly blocked. Then Dunga, Brazil’s swaggering captain, put the ball beyond the keeper. All hopes were now on Baggio, Italy’s last taker. He went for broke and skied his shot. Brazil lifted the golden trophy for the fourth time in World Cup history.

Some people dislike penalty shootouts, pointing out that they are like gambling. There is little teamwork involved, and skill takes a backseat to chance.

Unfortunately, many people will take a chance before God’s judgment seat one day, hoping to fall back on the accumulated merits they possess. But the Bible warns that relying on human effort won’t do. “God saved you by His grace when you believed” says the Bible. “[It’s] not a reward for the good things we have done” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

However, what we cannot do, God did for us. He guarantees that all who come to Jesus Christ will be forgiven and shall live with Him forever.

Who wants to be a penalty taker? Why take chances with your eternal destiny when faith in Christ brings sure victory?

World Cup Trivia
Name the dog that found the Jules Rimet cup that had been stolen just before the 1966 tournament in England.
Did you know…
that yellow and red cards were first used in the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico?
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