Well, football is down to the final four teams to see who is to be crowned the official NCAA football championship team. The committee has met and those in the final four are: Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Michigan State. The four teams meet in a two game playoff December 31 in the Cotton and Orange Bowls and then the Championship Bowl is January 11 between the winner of the two.
It is interesting that this playoff was resisted for years by the bowl system, in spite of the fact the predictions came true. The playoffs brought in millions of dollars more than they had ever experienced. Fear of losing millions in spite of the fact you will make more if you simply implement it. Stephen Covey called this "scarcity mentality." We fear losing what we have despite the fact there will probably be more than imagined if you simply undertake it.
So, wouldn't the fear of God stifle me from acting? No. Paul writes in Philippians 2, "Therefore my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." (12 and 13)
Fear in the Lord frees us to work his will by lowering our own will and submitting to his. His plan, working through us, produces the fruit He desires.
Pray we fear God and allow him to work his will through us.
Hope Men's Ministry