Andrew Hughes | Category: Culture
The Spurs just won their 5th NBA title since 1999 last night. If you follow the NBA or even simply have friends that do, you’ll soon hear personal language identifying with a specific team like, "We dominated the Heat. Labron James is overrated." Or, “We lost to a good team but we’ll be back next year!” Or, “We have way more talent than the Spurs; I can’t believe we blew that series!” This obviously doesn’t just go on with the NBA. The recent Stanley Cup Finals and the ongoing World Cup will continue to incite a myriad of “we” and “us” comments, identifying oneself with a specific team, almost as if the individual is a team owner/investor or at least plays for the team. It becomes comical when you start to think about how wrapped up we can become finding our identity and fulfillment in the success of a team that we don't own, play for, or even live in the same city as.
In a city like Pittsburgh, sports is important. Don’t get me wrong, I love sports as well (and I have something as silly as a Steelers license plate frame). So there isn’t anything inherently wrong with rooting for a team. In fact, it is a good gift from God to enjoy! But what we talk about, what we argue about, and what we get upset or joyful about can indicate that in which we are finding our identity.
Where do you invoke “we” and “us” language in your conversation? What areas do you seek to win arguments or seek to defend a cause or perspective? Those are the things that may have become core loves and pieces of your identity.
We are currently working through Colossians as a church for our weekly Scripture memorization. Last week’s fighter verse was, “Set you minds on things above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2-3). Hidden with Christ means being united to Christ. And being united to Christ means that He is your identity as a Christian. Colossians is a beautiful letter describing our identity as Christians, those united and bound to Christ. Consider today whether you are reveling in and finding daily identity in other causes, people, or activities more than the Lord Jesus.
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