Many nations of the world have been gripped by football. Suddenly football is the one thing on everyone’s mind. Crowds have been mixing and mingling (sometimes without enough care) and euphoria is high. Thousands if not millions are over the moon.

But what about the millions who aren’t? In football, for every winner there is a loser. From children playing on the village green to world matches, one team wins and one team loses. (unless it’s a tie, and then there are no winners) Those who laugh and cheer are balanced by those who weep and cry. So congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the losers.

Following God does not have winners and losers. For everyone who wishes, they can become winners. To follow Christ makes one a winner. No-one needs to lose. So, yes football is great, but I know of an even better game.