Six seconds remain with your team ahead by five. The season is on the line as the championship game winds down. Your arch rival has the ball on their own 40 yard line with one play remaining. The quarterback takes the snap and throws a lateral from the left hash to the right. Your defense converges as the receiver pulls up. It’s a double pass! He throws back across the field to the lone receiver racing up the original sideline. The corner is beat and the pass connects. The receiver has open field to the goal line and the go ahead score.

He passes your 40, 30, 20, but the safety is gaining ground. He catches him at the 10 and drags him down at the five yard line. It’s a touchdown saving tackle. No time remains. The drive ends and the game is won. You storm the field to celebrate with the victors!

Tackled from behind.

I heard this phrase in church and it’s been stuck in my head. My pastor used the analogy to describe the work of the Spirit in personally offering the grace available to him (and us) through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in payment for his (and our) sins.

Don’t be confused. We are not the author of our salvation story. Jesus said, “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” (John 15:16)

You are chosen. God wills you for His team. The Holy Spirit is stepping you down right now. He’ll tackle you from behind to seal the victory. Win!

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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