Case Keenum, NFL quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings said “God calls us to use our abilities to our greatest potential for His glory, and that includes whenever we step on the field. It’s not to beat the guy next to you; it’s to recognize it as an opportunity from God to reveal His glory.”
And that’s just it. You get to use your God-given abilities to praise Him, in ways not everyone does. God gives us all our own talents, and being an athlete means we get to push ourselves as human beings to the physical limit. In doing this, in performing what sometimes seem miraculous feats, we help show God’s glory and the blessings He has poured out upon His people.
It’s easy to get swept up in a competitive spirit. Everyone does. But when you’re feeling that feeling, know that while we can be competitive, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re doing this to grow as a person of God, to do the best that you can, and above all, to give God the honor and the glory.
Being a Christian athlete means living into God’s plan for you. If you have been gifted with the ability to run quickly, swing hard, throw a fastball, or swing a tennis racket, that has been given to you by your Creator, and He wants you to use it. But in using our gifts, we never forget the one who gave them to us.
In John 15, Jesus reminds us that he is the vine, and we are the branches: “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
So despite our talents on the field, the court, or anywhere we practice our sport, we as Christian athletes must cultivate humility, and we will bear fruit.