By Pastor Kip Banks
The following was taken from Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.’s weekly message to the congregation at East Washington Heights Baptist Church on February 6, 2014.
This past Sunday history was made during the 48th Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks 43 to 8 dismantling of the Broncos was the most watched event – with 111.5 million people – in US history.
Although neither the game nor the commercials were very exciting, there was a young-man at the center of the game who was simply outstanding. This young-man is Russell Wilson, the 25 year old, second-year quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. Although several other players including the Denver Broncos’ Payton Manning grabbed the lime light, it was Russell Wilson who outshone them all. Wilson played a flawless game and became only the second African-American quarterback in history, following Doug Williams of the Redskins, to win the Super Bowl.
Most importantly, what you need to know about Russell Wilson is that he is a child of God who has sought to glorify God in all the he says and does on and off the field. Indeed, during his Super Bowl victory speech Wilson said “First of all, God is so good. He brought me here a mighty long way.”
Furthermore, Wilson attended church before he played in his Super Bowl game and tweeted Matthew 6:33 (NIV), “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given unto you as well.” I love this. You want to prepare for the big game, or any other major life event? Then seek God and attend church! The inspiration for Wilson’s stellar performance was his Dad. Russell said of his late Father, “My dad used to always tell me, ‘Russ, why not you?’ And what that meant was believe in yourself, believe in the talent God has given you even though you are 5 foot 11, and you can go a long way.” Wilson used his Dad’s comments to inspire his entire team and they adopted the mantra “Why Not Us?” And we should adopt that mantra as well.
Why Not Us? Why shouldn’t we be the ones to shine and excel for God and win the Championship? Why shouldn’t we be the ones to get our acts together? Why shouldn’t we be the ones who God uses to accomplish his great things for Him? Why shouldn’t we be the ones who go the extra-mile and persevere under great trials and tribulations? Why Not You? Why Not Me? Why Not Us?
Peace and Blessings.
East Washington Heights Baptist Church is located at 2220 Branch Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020.