One week you’re celebrating your first piece of silverware in seven years. The following week, you’re lamenting your humiliation at the hands of your bitter rivals. Much has been said in the aftermath of Manchester United’s humiliating 7-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, March 5, 2023. The defeat came a week after United claimed their first trophy since 2017 by winning the League Cup. On the surface, sports may not appear to have any spiritual value. Nonetheless, it serves as a valid metaphor and can teach us profound life lessons. Sports and competition were used by the Apostle Paul to teach us eternal truths.
Like Manchester United, you could be celebrating your biggest breakthrough in seven years in a week’s time. And then suffer your biggest setback the following week. Job’s fortunes changed from ten children feasting to losing all ten in a single day. Despite the fact that Job had done nothing wrong. It is critical to remember that our faith requires us to be humble in both victory and defeat. Just as you should not become boastful or arrogant after a win, you should not allow yourself to become discouraged or negative after a loss. You will record numerous victories with Jesus. However, you will also lose some. In all cases, your heart must remain steady.
The manner in which we respond to victory can be as important as the victory itself. It is critical that we always show humility, grace, and sportsmanship. You are most vulnerable following a victory. Following major victories, you are more likely to become complacent. That feeling that you are already perfect and there is no need to strive for more. We should celebrate our victories while remaining respectful of the opposing side. While also keeping in mind that there is still work to be done. Man Utd should be grateful to Liverpool for reminding them that there is always more work to be done.