April 9, 2014

 

Played for the first time in 1934 with Horton Smith becoming the inaugural champion, the Masters Tournament will celebrate its 78th edition at Augusta National Golf Club this week. The following year, Gene Sarazen made a double eagle on the 15th hole in what has been termed “the shot heard ‘round the world” and would go on to win the tournament. Through the years several names have been hailed at the Masters including Nelson, Mangrum, Sneed,  Hogan, Palmer, Player, Nicklaus, Watson, Ballesteros, Crenshaw, Faldo, Woods, and Mickelson. Even the name of Eisenhower is closely aligned with club history. This week will mark the only opportunity some will have to ever walk on the course that has symbolized golf at its best. Bobby Jones, club co-founder, stated at the club’s opening in 1933, “Our overall aim at the Augusta National has been to provide a golf course of considerable natural beauty, enjoyable for the average golfer and at the same time testing for the expert player striving to better par. We want to make bogies easy if frankly sought, pars readily obtainable by standard good lay, and birdies, except on par 5’s, dearly bought.”

To master the golf takes more than time, talent, and technique; it takes thought. Bobby Jones flatly stated, “Golf is a game played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.”  That is why we can all celebrate WBU’s golf teams as they continue to dominate their conference and others.
Go WBU Golfers!!!!!!!!! - #1 in the nation and going strong!!!!!!!!!

While we may never get to play in the Masters Tournament we can know the “Master” – Jesus Christ.  Throughout the New Testament the term “Master” is utilized in connection with Jesus; the term “Lord” is also applied in the same manner. Jesus is to be the Master/Lord of our lives. As followers we don’t simply believe a statement of confession but willingly give him our lives saying, much as Jesus in the garden cried out to his heavenly Father, “not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) Jesus warned of those who merely give “lip service” to his Lordship when he stated, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

This is why Paul writes, “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” (Romans 10:8-13)

Who is the Master of your life? Who is your Lord?  Following Jesus as Master/Lord you will discover the help you need to master life’s challenges.

May you experience “grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (1 Timothy 1:2)

Micheal Summers
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance