Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders
Recently I watched the Dallas Cowboy cheerleader selection. I looked on as the Cowboys chose their cheerleaders. The competition started with hundreds of beautiful young ladies. They eliminated these ladies for one reason or another. 33 girls remained and the Cowboy staff needed to narrow the list a bit more. They started looking at how each lady kicked, jumped and stretched.
Three ladies didn't kick, jump or stretch as well as the other girls. I watched the Cowboy staff call each girl and explained how they needed to improve. These ladies practiced hard for several weeks. They were invited back on the day before the first performance of the season. The Cowboy staff had to make a choice. Unfortunately, the first girl didn't kick high enough. Big tears rolled down the second girl's face when she was cut from the group as well. This was the second season she had tried out. The Cowboy staff decided to give her another opportunity to work on her kicks and jumps. She was so grateful to them. The 3rd girl had a similar problem. She just didn't kick, jump or stretch well enough. She was given another chance to improve.
Performance day came. Judges were lined up to review the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. I imagine that the heart of each girl was racing. There was a moment of silence on the field. The judges asked all the girls one by one to come and stand in line sideways. Then they asked them to turn their heads and look into a large mirror. One of the judges said, "You are looking at the 2007 Dallas cowboy cheerleaders". Can you imagine the joy they felt in their hearts? I imagine that the girl who had tried a 2nd time was overwhelmed with joy. I could see relief in her face. I watched as she broke down into tears and called her mother. She sobbed through a smile, "I made it!"
What would happen if we had to go through try outs to join God's team? I don't kick very high these days so I would be one of the first ones cut. But thank God, our Lord doesn't turn His creation away. This doesn't mean His standards are low though. In fact our Heavenly Father expects perfection. None of us can be perfect though. If it were up to our good works and good intentions, God would send us away. Do you think you can work for your own righteousness?
But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)
So how did God solve this problem? Well He had to send a perfect substitute. His perfect substitute would have to do something that was so sinless and selfless that it would save a multitude of poor kickers. He sent his Son.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7 (NKJV)
You might say that Jesus did all of the kicking for us on tryout day. It's His performance that God looks at, and not ours.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)
If you are already on God's team, consider how the coaches established the importance of the new role to these ladies. He stood them in front of a mirror and said, "You are looking at the 2007 Dallas cowboy cheerleaders". Well God is saying that to you and me. We should be careful not to take this lightly. I like the way Paul sums it up in Galatians.
“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” Galatians 2:17-21 (NKJV)
So get out your pom-poms and let's jump, kick and shout to the Lord for His sweat mercy!