“Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” —Psalm 119:105
Stay close to God’s Word, always supported by His sovereign teaching. The Bible is a 66-book love letter written to us by the Almighty God Himself. How well we operate in this life is directly related to how close we draw near to our Creator and how much we soak in His instruction through His Word. The pages of Scripture contain everything we need for life. When we read it, it will change who we are from the inside out.
Sports offer a lot of challenges for us physically and mentally. The Bible, however, prepares us for all of life’s challenges. God’s Word is the ultimate game plan for life, containing strategies, examples, instructions, warnings and everything else we need to be victorious in our journey of following Christ.
As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
Isn’t that we want, to be equipped for every good work? That seems like a daunting task, but it’s exactly what we’re promised when we dive into God’s Word. Trying to honor God without knowing what God desires of us is a tough proposition, but when we enter into the knowledge He’s given to us, we can accurately aim toward the goal to which we’re called.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” —1 Corinthians 12:12
God desires to work through His Church – Christ followers – to reveal to the world who He is. Many times, sports can take us away from the church services we love and cherish so much. However, to stay charged in our faith and honor God on the playing field, we MUST have a church home.
It’s also crucial we have a healthy understanding of what the Church is. The Church needs believers of all kinds, including athletes. The truth is, athletes benefit from the Church as much as the Church benefits from athletes. The Church is not a bunch of perfect people. Instead, it’s a bunch of imperfect people relying on a perfect God, who made a way for the rest of us to see the world perfectly through His Son, Jesus Christ. When we neglect to be part of a Church because our schedules are too busy, we can become dry in our faith.
Remember, life is not just about what’s next on our schedule. It’s about WHO IS FIRST IN OUR LIVES! We must always ask ourselves, “How can I honor Jesus in this interaction right here, right now?”
The Church serves as God’s ultimate facilitator for how to handle life. When we fail to surround ourselves with Christian community, accountability, instruction and opportunities for service, we’re not living life to the fullest.
Commit to the Church and let God’s perfect love transform your life both personally and within community.
—Jack Easterby, Chaplain for the New England Patriots
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