I have played under many umpires during my youth in competitive inter-school netball or table tennis. The Umpire must be a neutral party at any competitive sports match whether it be netball, table tennis, American football, Wimbledon tennis, All England badminton championships, World Football championships, baseball and the other sports we love to watch.
Rules subscribed to by each participant, and play must not run foul of these rules. A sharp eye is needed to accompany the application of the rules as speed of action, the heat of the moment of competitive rivalry among the home crowd or biased crowd could swing the referee’s decision if he is not careful if the referee is distracted from play.
Anticipation of action must also be good as the referee cannot be there after a foul action has taken place. Today TV monitors can aid the review of foul action but most times, the referee calls the shots.
We have an Umpire who keeps scores on us or who can wipe our slates clean based on certain principles of confession and repentance. His justice is different from human justice. As humans we judge by what we see, what we feel and with our limited vision, scope and perspective. A contravention could be accepted depending on who, why and what it is. However, the Lord’s justice is different from man’s:
– the labourers who joined the workforce last and late in the day were paid equal to those who signed on at break of day and had been working since then, for it is the heart that counts
– love and compassion must weigh in for those who are less fortunate among us, care for the weak, needy are evidences of love as we need to love one another even though they may not be worthy of our love
– wrong is not the end of all transactions if there is confession and repentance and forgiveness, for love covers a multitude of sins.
– sins will be found out and can be atoned only by Christ’s shed blood and without it the judgement is eternal hell.
– judgement is sure and no one will escape the Great Judge of all for He has His books all written up in heaven accurately kept by the rules set in the Word of God by a host of angels up there.
There is only one way to win with the right scores, it is totally found in Jesus. The enemy of our souls will help you pile up the red and yellow cards with no accountability by him – it is all upon your shoulders. For the Christian, we can cast our burdens of sin upon the Lord with repentance and He will respond and wipe our slates clean and keep them clean with the help of the Holy Spirit and yes we will gain points for trusting and obeying Him.
There will be no unfair umpiring for He sees the end from the beginning. He knows your end yet wants the best for you. Give Him your ear and turnaround if you have not done so. What will your score be?
– like the rich man “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” Luke 12:20
– the good servant ” “‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ Matthew 25:21
– or will you be the most fortunate last-minute labourer – “Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage? 14 Take what is yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave to you. 15 Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous? 16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
As long as the game of life is in play, the scores will be kept. When the game is over the scores will have to be settled. As long as life on earth continues there is hope that your scores may count well for eternity. However, do not be expelled from your game of life for untoward flouting of rules or for unexpected accidents for it may be too late to rejoin the game.
We all want to hear what the faithful servants heard – acknowledgement of job well done and an invitation to enter the glory of heaven and not be damned to hell with “Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”What are your scores? only you know and can change it with the Lord’s help.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Col 3:15
Can we have peace rule in our hearts because the Lord is the umpire in our lives?-.
Quote: The word rendered here “rule” – βραβεύετω brabeuetō – is commonly used in reference to the Olympic and other games. It means, to be a director, or arbiter of the public games; to preside over them and preserve order, and to distribute the prizes to the victors. The meaning here is, that the peace which God gives to the soul is to be to us what the brabeutes, or governor at the games was to those who contended there. It is to preside over and govern the mind; to preserve every thing in its place; and to save it from tumult, disorder, and irregularity. The thought is a very beautiful one. The soul is liable to the agitations of passion and excitement – like an assembled multitude of men. It needs something to preside over it, and keep its various faculties in place and order; and nothing is so well fitted to do this as the calm peace which religion gives, a deep sense of the presence of God, the desire and the evidence of his friendship, the hope of his favor, and the belief that he has forgiven all our sins. The “peace of God” will thus calm down every agitated element of the soul; subdue the tumult of passion, and preserve the mind in healthful action and order – as a ruler sways and controls the passions of assembled multitudes of people. ” Unquote
Above an Extract from Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
Do you have the peace of God ruling your heart? He is the Umpire!
This series shares glimpses in just a few paragraphs on interesting characters I have met along life’s journey of over 65 years and who touched my life. Some bring glory to God and others to themselves.