In the world of competitive athletics, goals are common. Usually coaches and athletes write down individual and team-oriented goals that they desire to achieve. But as in everything, there are two ways of thinking about goals; man’s way and God’s way.
Man’s goals are self-centered and based on external circumstances. Man’s goals include things like playing time, setting records and game statistics. A running back averaging 100 yards, a long-jumper setting a new personal best distance, a team winning the game against the cross-town rivals. These types of goals are circumstantial because they depend on the right external conditions in order to achieve them.
But God’s goal for us is spelled out in Romans 8:29, “For those whom he foreknew He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” His goal for me is that, over the course of my life, I look more and more like His Son everyday regardless of whether I win or lose – it is circumstance-free
How would our time in athletics be different if this were truly our goal? What would happen if, at every snap of the ball we were committed to “maxing out” toward the goal of becoming more like the Son on this play than the last one? Each game, each play, each race is an opportunity to give a total release of your mind, body and soul toward reflecting the attitudes and actions of Christ-likeness through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
MaxOut summary: God’s goal for you in sports (as well as in life) is that you be conformed to the likeness of Christ through your athletic performance. Romans 8:28-29.Print this Page