I remember that cold winter’s day in the 1969 Super Bowl, watching as Joe Willie Namath dismantled the vaunted Baltimore Colts defense and bested the legendary Johnny Unitas to bring the AFL its first ever Super Bowl win—a game that was historic because it validated the merger of the two leagues into one. I remember watching my all-time favorite player, Paul Warfield, lose a gut-wrenching Super Bowl to Dallas—then help the Dolphins win the next two by defeating Washington and Minnesota. From Terry Bradshaw to Joe Montana to John Elway to Kurt Warner to Tom Brady—they became the greatest quarterbacks because they won the biggest game of all, and did so more than once. There is no substitute for performing at the highest possible level on the biggest possible stage.
For followers of Christ, much of our lives are lived out of the view of the crowds. We don’t live in the spotlight of adoring fans or fawning media. But, in all that we do, we play the biggest game of all (life) on the biggest stage of all (eternity) before the most significant audience of all—the living God. Our Lord modeled this kind of life when He said:
“And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” (John 8:29)
Paul echoed that commitment when said:
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Cor.10:31)
Paul instructed His protégé Timothy along these same lines:
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2 Tim. 2:4)
Here is truth: Every moment of life is played out in the biggest of all games with the most valuable things of all at risk. The question is this: as we enter the game, will we play to please God or to please ourselves? That is the enormous key to doing good, well, and right on the big stage. Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we discuss facing the challenges of life on the biggest stage of all.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain