In my previous blog I wrote about Cooper Kupp, the LA Rams wider receiver who went from being a zero-star college recruit to Super Bowl 56 MVP. But there is more to the story of this remarkable man. In 2019 the Rams lost Super Bowl 53 to the New England Patriots. The score was an embarrassing 13-3. Kupp had to watch helplessly from the sidelines due to a torn ACL, but he was just as devastated as his teammates as they walked off the field in defeat. But then something happened
Kupp says as he was walking off the field toward the tunnel something caused him to turn around. In that moment God gave him a vision: the Rams would come back somehow and win a Super Bowl, and Kupp would walk off the field as the MVP. He kept this vision mostly to himself, revealing it only with his wife, because obviously this was not the type of thing you could go around sharing. People would think you were nuts! Or a braggart. But when he talks about it today he gets choked up, giving all the glory to God. He says he saw it as clear as day. And when this postseason began, Kupp says he began to play differently. He believed. “It was written already and I just got to play free, knowing that I got to play from victory, not for victory.”
I got to play from victory. I have been thinking about that statement for days. What would it be like if we lived our lives from victory and why don’t we? Because if we are Christians, if we really believe what God has revealed to us in His word, then we know that Jesus has already won, and we get to share in His victory. What if we didn’t worry about all the millions of things we humans worry about, and just did our best, knowing that we are assured of victory?
Now just because God gave Kupp a vision of winning didn’t mean it was going to be a piece of cake. There would be setbacks, busted plays, tackles, sacks, and plays that didn’t work. The opponents would score some points. And there would be some hard hits with bruised and sore bodies the next day. And that is just like life. Even if you are a Christian, even if you believe and trust God and His word, you are going to take some hits. You may lose ground, get bad calls, and have to endure trash talk. We are not immune to the sufferings of this life, and we will all experience difficulties and loss. But playing from victory means we are able to live with the end in view no matter what hardships life gives us.
It may look hopeless sometimes; the Rams were behind with only six minutes left to play. I recently had a birthday, and all my birthdays are now big ones now. My friend Kay likes to remind me that we are in our fourth quarter. But if there is anything this football season has taught me, it is how much can be accomplished with only a few seconds left on the clock. Heck, I might even go into overtime. As Believers we do not have to be anxious or depressed about our current circumstances because we can see that scoreboard and know that ultimately we will win. And Cooper Kupp would be the first to acknowledge who the real MVP is. Jesus Christ left it all on the field for us.
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. 1 Peter 3:18 NLT