I really enjoy college sports. Watching intercollegiate competition has provided a wholesome and welcome diversion from the rigors of life. My daily activities across the years have often necessitated times of intense human interaction. As a minister and an educator, many of my contacts with people have serious and far-reaching consequences. Sports for me has been both entertaining and therapeutic.
A recent change in the way college scholarship athletes can transfer from one school to another has drastically changed college sports. The ‘Transfer Portal’ empowers student-athletes to make known their desire to consider other programs. It becomes a form of free agency that usually allows student-athletes to change schools without penalty.
As we move through the days of our lives, we have many choices. The most important of those choices is our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. In Deuteronomy 30:19 the Lord declares, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Joshua 24:15 admonishes us to “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” As free moral agents, we have a choice about our relationship with the Lord. The choice we make may have eternal consequences.
If we have made bad choices that we regret, we have a chance to change. We have a type of a ‘Transfer Portal’ through Jesus Christ. Like student athletes, we have a period of time when we can “set aside the weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us” (Hebrews 12:1). We may choose to change.
However, there comes a time when the Transfer Portal is no longer available. Jesus relates this account, “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’…And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us” (Luke 16:22-26). If death overtakes a person who has chosen not to follow the Lord, the portal is forever closed!
If you realize you have been making wrong decisions about your relationship with the Lord, enter the portal now. “For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). God’s word is clear, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
~ Brother Roy