As a Christian athlete, it’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of success and the accolades that come with it. However, it’s important to remember that our true identity should not be defined by the sport we play or our achievements in it. Rather, our identity should be rooted in Jesus Christ, and our purpose should be to glorify Him through everything we do.
In today’s world, where fame and fortune often take center stage, it’s essential to remember that our worth is not determined by our success in sports. Our identity is found in Christ alone, who created us and loves us unconditionally. We are valuable and precious in His sight, regardless of our abilities or accomplishments.
As Christian athletes, we have a unique opportunity to use our platform to share the love and truth of Christ with others. When we focus on our purpose, which is to glorify God and make Him known, we can find fulfillment and joy that goes beyond any temporary success or recognition. Since many of our teammates may not attend church, you get the unique opportunity to bring the Gospel to them by the way you conduct yourself on the field and in the locker room or clubhouse.
In the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul reminds us that our ultimate goal is to know Christ and become like Him. He writes, “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8).
Paul knew the value of finding his identity in Christ, rather than in his accomplishments or status. He recognized that his success was not as great as his purpose, which was to know Christ and make Him known to others.
As Christian athletes, we can follow Paul’s example and focus on our purpose, rather than our success. We can use our talents and abilities to bring glory to God and share the gospel with others. When we do this, we can find true fulfillment and joy, knowing that our identity is secure in Christ and that our purpose is eternal.
Bring It Home
In conclusion, as Christian athletes, we must remember that our identity is found in Christ, not in the sport we play or our achievements in it. Our purpose is to glorify God and make Him known to others, and when we focus on this, we can find true fulfillment and joy.
So go out there and make a difference where God has you planted!