A few years ago, my husband and I went to Columbia, SC to watch USC play NAVY. The Gamecocks crushed the midshipmen thanks in large part to their star running back, Marcus Lattimore. Every time he took to the field, his fans went absolutely nuts, and he responded with one super human play after another. He left South Carolina after his junior year and was drafted in 2013 by the San Francisco 49ers. In as much as Marcus hit the turf running as a freshman in college, he joined the NFL while on injured reserve. He had suffered devastating, back to back, knee injuries at Carolina, but was still picked up by the pros in the hopes that he would fully recover and eventually play at his usual record-breaking level.
Unfortunately, the healing never came, and in a quiet announcement 10 days ago, Marcus Lattimore retired from the NFL without ever completing a single down. His worth to the coach was understandably tied completely to just one thing- his ability to perform on the field.
How blessed we are that our worth in God’s eyes isn’t tied to our performance. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9, that it is by grace we have been saved-not by works, so that no one can boast.
No spiritual sprints to run, no holy hoops to jump through, no cuts to worry about. We just have to ask for a spot on God’s team and once we’re on it, our position is secure. (Romans 8:38-39)
Marcus is a devoted Christian so he already knows.