Nerf Wars is one of our most popular youth fellowship events. One of my favorite parts of Nerf Wars isn’t actually participating, but watching the madness ensue. We start off the first games with capture the flag. Easy enough; prevent the other team from capturing your flag while attempting to capture their flag. From a third party perspective these first games are always funny to watch and very predictable. Over the radio the command to “Go”! rings out and kids sprint out of their respective bases. Each team usually makes it down a hallway before they begin to see signs of the opposite team, at which point players from both teams immediately stop and take cover; or usually retreat back to their own base. From an observer’s role it’s funny to see the kids sprint out of the base, hear some screams, and then see three-fourths of the team return. Not because they are out of the game, but because they didn’t want to risk being out. These first games usually are some of the longest because no one is really willing to risk it to go after the other team’s flag.
Eventually small skirmishes ensue from a safe distance, which evolves into people getting a little braver and riskier. At some point players start to throw caution to the wind and start rushing and making advances through the hallways. This is when the real fun begins. Soon a team captures a flag and is deemed victorious.
So it is like our faith. I know nothing screams a faith analogy like Nerf Wars! It did get me thinking, “What does this event, specifically designed for fellowship and fun, reveal about our faith walk? Paul writes in Philippians 3; “13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.”
It takes a risk to press on into anything. The mystery of the unknown and the potential for failure can easily cause us to retreat back to our home base and protect what we already have. But when this is done the only thing assured is our goal will never be reached. We are called to set the things that distract and burden us aside and to press on to our goal of knowing Christ, to be like Christ; and to be all Christ has in mind for us.
Is there something or somewhere that Christ is calling you toward today? Maybe it’s starting a devotion, joining a bible study, serving a ministry, or asking a question. Whatever it may be, If we want to reach an objective we have to move. Whatever it is; it’s time to rush in, throw caution to the wind. It’s time to give it to Jesus and to press on.