Here in Honduras, soccer is everything! We had to learn the names and mascots of the major teams to be able to connect with many of the boys. 🙂 So as we were planning a special day for the teen boys at the school, a soccer theme was the logical choice! We took biblical concepts and related them to soccer in attempts to make abstract concepts of God and salvation more relatable and understandable. (I know, I know, it sounds ridiculously cheesy, but here in Honduras, the cheesier the better!)
Everyday there is a spiritual war being waged in and around us. (Eph. 6:12)
After picking teams, and God offering a jersey to join his team to everyone, some still choose to join the Enemy’s team. The drama included one person for white team, one for black team, one winning coach, God, and the opposing team’s coach, Satan. We discussed what it meant to be part of that team: knowing their coaches plays and play book (the Bible for God’s team), following the rules of their coach, knowing and listening to their coach’s voice, ect. (John 10:27)
The drama continues as the two teams faced off. The Black team member distracted the white team member and scored a goal. We must be on guard from distractions of the Enemy and keep our eyes on our Coach and His instructions for the game. (Phili. 4:8, 1 Corin. 10:13)
Next, the Black team got rough and the ref didn’t call it, the white team was injured. We talked about how sometimes it appears as the Enemy is willing the little battles when he scores those points, but when we get to the “World Cup” (in the end, the one thing that matters) God will win! Who’s team do you want to be on in the end? After, God pulls a member of his team out (discipline) for trying to pull a silly stunt like the Black team (copying the ways of the world), the members of the Black team began to point out all the ways that the Black team is better and how she should get rid of His coach with his boring ways and join their team. For a brief moment the white team member considers their offer, maybe even trying on their nice shinny black jersey, but in the end decides to stick it out on God’s team. (Rev. 19:1, Matt. 6:24)
Each student was reminded that in that moment, God was lovingly offering them a jersey to join His team. He wasn’t forcing their arms through the holes and dragging them to fight with His cause, but he was offering an invitation.
Ephesians 1:4, Deuteronomy 20:4