One of the phrases associated with March Madness is “on the bubble.” This phrase describes the team(s) that may or may not make the tournament field. Fans, players and coaches of “bubble teams” face many anxious moments during the selection show preceding the tournament. Some teams are jubilant when they see their team’s name flash on the TV screen. Other teams are dejected when their name never appears. The LaSalle Explorers were one of the “bubble teams” this year. The Explorers were fortunate. They made the tournament field, and have since made the most of their good fortune. LaSalle shattered many brackets last week by advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. The Explorers were one of the last teams chosen for the tournament. Their magical run to the Sweet Sixteen almost didn’t happen. They were literally “on the bubble.”
Basketball is a great sport to play. March Madness is exciting to follow. Basketball pales in importance to our salvation. In fact, everything pales in importance to our salvation. There is nothing more important than salvation. Everything is small when compared to the salvation of our souls. God wants us to be confident in our salvation. God doesn’t want us to doubt our salvation. Salvation is much too important for someone to doubt. “On the bubble” should never be a phrase we use to describe our soul’s salvation. You don’t have to be on the bubble spiritually. You don’t to have doubts about your salvation. You don’t have to sit and wonder if you are going to make it to heaven. Peter writes about this subject in 2 Peter 1. “Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” Peter is writing to Christians. Peter’s letter is sent to those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 8:24). The recipients of this letter have repented of their sins (Luke 13:3). These individuals have confessed the name of Jesus (Matthew 10:32-33). Those receiving this letter have been baptized into Christ (Acts 2:38). Peter is writing to Christians. He is writing to the saved. Peter did not want them to have doubts about their salvation. He wanted these Christians to be excited about going to heaven. He wanted them to be certain they were going to heaven.
God wants you to have this same certainty. You don’t have to be “on the bubble” spiritually. You can know “your entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” “On the bubble” should be a phrase limited to March Madness. This phrase should never describe our thoughts about salvation and heaven!