This game displayed the glory of God because two teams were seemingly playing with complete intensity. The final two touchdowns demonstrated this. When the Ravens scored, the fullback scored after being hit but not taken down. He literally crawled across the goal line without his knees touching the ground. How could you not admire his desire to score? When the Steelers scored, the same exertion occurred. The wide receiver was tackled about the one yard line, but before he hit the ground he reached the football across the line for the touchdown. God's glory was declared because the teams were playing wholeheartedly. God desires us to live this way for him. We too often play around and do things halfheartedly. We work half heartedly. We place half hearted effort into our relationships. We don't do too much wholeheartedly. These teams showed us on Sunday what it means to do something wholeheartedly. I wonder what it would lool like if we wholeheartedly pursued God. What if we fought against the temptations of the world and of Satan and of our own flesh with the same desire that the Raven's fullback and the Steelers' wide receiver had?
This game displayed the glory of God because God has a purpose for both of those teams. What it is, I don't know. The Steelers made the playoffs by winning, does he have a greater plan for them through their victory? The Ravens were kicked out of their playoff chances by losing, does God have a greater plan for them by their losing? The answer is "yes" for both. We don't know what it is, but we are to be looking. God has a purpose and plan for both, and as he fulfills it, he gains the glory. Beware! Don't measure God's glory by wins or losses or by what happens in one season! God is developing an eternal picture.
On Sunday another football was played. I barely watched it, but I saw a highlight or low light of the one play. Kansas City alreadly had the game under control. They were approaching the goal line once again. They took out the quarterback and put in a linemen. He then passed for a touchdown. Even the commentators noted that Kansas City was "rubbing salt in the wounds." Poor sportsmanship. Absolutely poor sportsmanship. God can take that situation and declare his glory. Beware Kansas City, he might humble you for such pride. That play demonstrated that they were playing for their own glory.
Aim for God and his glory! There will be wins and losses, but aim high. Even in some losses, God may still be glorified.