By October 18, 2012 Max Out Blog

By Nate Lewis, Area Director, Western Nebraska

Why do Christian athletes desire to Do Sports God’s Way?  It is an important question to have an answer for not only for sports but also for the rest of life.  Why would anyone desire to do anything God’s Way. The answer to the question first of all deals with two truths about God that demand a response.

God is Creator

Man has created a lot of things over time.  Let’s take our cell phones for example.  Cell phones were initially created for people to verbally communicate with one another believe it or not.  Over time man has continually improved on this creation by giving it the capability to do things like text, tweet, or even update our facebook status.  All of these things are enjoyable to us until they don’t work and don’t do what they were created to do.  In a similar way, according to Genesis 1:26-27, God created man.  This true statement sets up God as the authority over man.  God’s redemptive story reveals his desire for His creation.  2 Corinthians 5:15 does a good job summarizing:  “And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.”  Why should athletes Do Sports God’s Way?  Because that is what He created them to do.

Jesus is Savior

As Creator, God has every right to ask us to live for Him.  We were His possession to begin with and we were taken from Him through our rebellious disobedience to what He has asked us to do.  Many of us are guilty of this as we have done sports out of a desire to make ourselves look great – the exact opposite of what He has created us to do.  What is mind boggling is that even though we were His to begin with, God so loved the world that He paid the price to buy us back with the life of His perfect Son.  The good news is that Jesus rose from dead to offer this free gift of Grace from what we rightly deserve to anyone who would receive it.  Why should athletes Do Sports God’s Way?  The better question is how can we not in light of this offer of Grace?  Romans 12:1-2 does a good job summarizing:  “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

God’s Motivation 

There are many reasons why athletes have attempted to Do Sports God’s Way.  For some it has been a means to their own end but for many is has been because they will feel guilty if they don’t as if they are trying to pay God back for what He has done.  The gift of Grace is not meant to be repaid nor can it be repaid.  The gift of Grace is meant to be honored by our love.  1 John 4:19 does a good job summarizing:  “We love because He first loved us.”  Let’s love God with everything we have as God gives us opportunity to compete and live the rest of our lives.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Can you describe a time when you have been motivated by guilt in sports?
  2. Can you describe a time when you have been motivated by your love for God in sports?
  3. How have you grown in your understanding of the message of the Gospel?
  4. How does a better understanding of the Gospel impact our motivation to Do Sports God’s Way?
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