DELIVERING WHAT THE CAPTAIN WANTS DILIGENTLY Duke Jeyaraj’s Bible devotion from India-Afghanistan World Cup 2019 Group Game on 22 June

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India were restricted to a mere 224 runs in their fifty overs Vs Afghanistan in the Group Game of 2019 ODI World Cup on 22 June 2019. Was an upset on cards? In reply, the least ranked team among the 10 World Cup playing Cricket nations, the nation of Afghanistan, were running away with the game with the score being 106 for 2. That’s when Jasprit Bumrah, the World No. 1 Bowler, struck in the 29th Over. He removed the two well-set batsmen in the middle – Rahmat and Shahidi. And later on, he bowled again during the slog-overs when the match was in a knife-edge. Bumrah produced a great 49th over and that gave the cushion of 16 runs for Mohd Shammi to  defend in the last over. And Shammi picked up a hat trick (including the dangerous Mohd Nabi’s wicket) to memorably secure for India, a 11-run win – the lowest winning margin for India in the World Cups (in terms of runs). In his post-match interview, Bumrah talked about doing what it takes to deliver for his team, whenever the captain tosses the ball to him, irrespective of the match-situation. What about us? “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” – those are words of Jesus in Matt. 7:23. Jesus wants us believers to be people who will complete the assignment he gives us, enabled by his grace. Bumrah took the captain’s instructions and delivered. When our Lord asks us believers to “deliver”, will we do just that and say “Done, Lord!”? What he says to us is found in the Bible. So, when he read in the Bible, “Flee youthful lusts” (2 Tim. 2:22), do we (or do we feed on youthful lusts)? So,  when we read in the Bible, “Snatch those are about to go into the flames” in Jude (vs. 23), do we drag our feet when it comes to evangelism? When the New Testament asks us to remain in our Ephesus and command the folks teaching false teaching, not to teach it (I Tim. 1:3), do we “just do it” or do we give excuses? Let’s deliver for our Captain of the Heavenly Armies! And after that, let’s say “It is finished!” (like our Master did). Let’s tell the Lord, “The work you gave me, I finished it! Thank you for your enabling grace and empowering Spirit!”

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