Water for the Thirsty
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Water for the Thirsty

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‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

13th June 2010

World cup fever is gripping the nation, and football fans around the world are will be watching with a religious zeal as they support their national teams through the ups and downs of the competition.

One of the footballers, who it’s anticipated will light up tournament, is Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite.

“Who?” I can hear you ask.

Well he’s more commonly known as Kakα.

You may still be none the wiser, so let me tell that he plays for Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team, and is widely regarded as one of the best footballers in the world.

But the interesting thing about Kakα is that he is an evangelical Christian and is a wonderful testimony to Jesus Christ.

Kakα - I belong to Jesus

After each goal, and there are many, he points to heaven to show who gets all the glory in his life, and after each trophy he has won, and he has won many, he shows his t-shirt saying I BELONG TO JESUS!

At 18, Kakα suffered a spinal fracture in a swimming pool accident. Doctors told him his career was over, and that he could face paralysis in his legs. Instead, he made a full recovery. “I thank God for that, and it was down to him that I made a full recovery,” he said. It is why, he explained, that he plays every game with the words “I belong to Jesus” and “God is faithfull”, stitched - in English - into the tongues of his boots.

The fact that Kakα’s favourite book is the Bible, and that he was a virgin when he married his teenhood sweetheart, Caroline, has always been a thorn in the side of the secular sports media all over the world. But the fact is, that it stands as a beautiful testimony of a man fully dedicated to his saviour and best friend, Jesus Christ, in a world of sports where selfishness, stupidity and sex is what normally sells.

Kaka insists: “It is not my place to make judgments about the behaviour of any other footballer. Cars and women, things like that, have never been important to me. My family, and my belief in God and Jesus are the things which determine my life. I do want to live my life in the right way, and live my life close to God.”

I have to say that I hope Brazil don’t win the World Cup, and that England might triumph for the first time since 1966. But even more important than the wishful thinking of this Englishman is that at this tournament a testimony about the Lord Jesus Christ is given.

It’s great that Kakα helps spread the message of life in Jesus Christ this way to millions of people all over the world who wouldn’t normally be interested in Him.

Please pray that during this World Cup the name of Jesus will be lifted high.

By the way, are the words “I belong to Jesus” and “God is faithful”, stiched into our lives?

It’s something to reflect on as we watch and hear about this summer’s World Cup.

Pastor Barry

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