I always have one thing on my mind as we enter the spring season: The Masters.
Golf’s first major! Dazzling backdrops of azaleas! Perfect bent-grass greens! Heaven on Earth! All of these and more contribute to my affection for those playing for the iconic Green Jacket.
The moments I adore each year are standing on a crowded 12th tee box or peeking over shoulders at the 18th green with multitudes of people. With all race, ethnicity, and language aside, getting the ball in the hole is the only thing that matters to those near and far.
The world can appear so small one week out of the year as we can attract anyone and everyone to the Holy Ground of Augusta, Georgia. I believe what happens each year at the Augusta National gives us a glimpse of what God desires for his children to experience.
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”” Revelation 7:9-10
This particular scripture gives us a clear image that the love of God through Jesus Christ is for every tribe and every nation.
“Earlier in scripture, Paul declares that our lives and church must exist for every nation for God’s glory “through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations.” Romans 1:5
I’ve noticed in my own life that I love to live in comfort with my God and my community, but often neglecting that God calls us to be mission-minded for every people, race and ethnicity. God calls us out of our comfort zone to reach all the nations, and when this occurs our Father is glorified.
As we enter the season of spring and The Masters, our lives and church are connected to one of my favorite quotes in regard to golf in Augusta: “Oh my goodness. Oh, wow! In your life have you seen anything like that?” Verne Lundquist, CBS Sports Analyst, commented on Tiger Woods chip-in on the 16th in 2005. I’d like to imagine Lundquist was not only speaking on behalf of Tiger’s thriller chip that sat on the edge of the hole while modeling the iconic Nike swoosh before sinking to the bottom of the hole, but rather the experience of making the world seem so small by bringing all nations together through the brilliant game of golf at the ever-so-lovely Augusta National.