The Tragedy of Missing the Goal



The football season is underway all across America. Fresh out of training camp, the thirty-two teams of the National Football League, are now engaged in a grand competition to see who will reach the playoffs and then go on to the Super Bowl. Each week, thousands of excited fans pack stadiums to eagerly cheer on their favorite team.

Sometimes a football game is won by a wide margin, with one team dominating the other throughout the hour-long competition. But sometimes, the game is tight down to the very last minute — often even tied. When this happens, and there is only a few minutes left in the game, the team that has the ball often hustles to get into position for a field goal. This team may be down by one point, two points, three points, or may be tied with their opponents. But they know that if they can get a field goal, they can change the outcome of the game — they can either win the game in regulation or at least push it into overtime giving them more opportunities to score.

When the team reach the field goal position, the stadium is finally quiet. The fans wait with great anticipation as the field goal kicker carefully places the ball. When the ball is aligned perfectly, he backs up and then kicks the ball with all his might. The ball sails upward and toward the goal.

Sometimes the field goal is successful and the ball goes directly between the goal posts. Other times, however, the ball falls short or veers widely to the right or the left missing the goal altogether. When the ball misses the goal, a team often has to accept defeat.

Our lives are a lot like a missed field goal attempt. We give life our best shot, but we often miss the goal we aimed for. Many of us aim to live a good and upright life, but we fail because of what the Bible calls “sin” — that is the bad things that we do, such as lying, hating others, adultery, or stealing. In the Bible, the word “sin” literally means ‘missing the mark’ or ‘missing the goal’. And the Bible says all of us have sinned. Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Because of our sins — because we missed the mark — we do not have a chance of going to Heaven or spending eternity with God on our own. The Bible says in Romans 6:23 that the “wages of sin is death…” This means that because of our sins, we must suffer punishment — physical punishment in Hell and spiritual punishment by being separated from God for eternity. Just like a football team who misses a last minute field goal loses out on victory, our sins cause us to lose out on God’s blessings such as eternal life, a home in Heaven, and fellowship with God.

However, because God loves us, He does not want us to miss out on these blessings. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins — taking the punishment that we deserve. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Even though we have missed the mark of perfection and sinlessness on our own, we can accept Jesus Christ’s invitation to begin a relationship with God by receiving Him into our lives by faith. When we do this, we can be saved from our sins and from the consequences of sin. Jesus Christ said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” There is no other way to receive these blessings from God except through His Son Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. Yes, you may have missed the mark, but with Jesus Christ in your life, you will always be victorious. If you want to begin a relationship with God through Jesus Christ right now, you can pray something like this to let God know about your decision:

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!