1 Corinthians 10:31, “ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. “
This past week I was surprised with delight after someone handed me the local Fayette County paper and showed me a picture of my son Hunter Morris in the sports section. I had no idea that the paper had taken any pictures of his soccer team, and yet, my son was in full view and mentioned underneath the picture. Of course, as a father, my chest puffed out a little larger and the smile on my face grew bigger. I am always proud of my son and to be his dad, but I felt excited to see him recognized in the local paper.
Hunter plays for a local school named West Junior High in Oakland, TN. This is the first year for the boys to have a soccer team. Some of the boys ( including my son ) have played recreational soccer before, but many on the team have never played at all. Before the soccer season began the coaches tried to be encouraging to the boys, but wanted them to be fully aware that they would be playing teams who had much more experience and some had won championships before. The standard was still set high for our boys, but for most the expectations were low.
Though the season is young at this point, the team has already exceeded the expectations for most. They have won three games, and barely lost one. It has been a good season thus far!
One of the greatest things that makes this team unique is the quality of the two coaches for our boys. I would describe both men as loving Jesus and wanting to glorify Him even through the good and bad of the game. In other words, they want to win, but glorifying God is number one! This is why I am reminded of this verse in 1 Corinthians 10:31 as I think about the West Junior High Lions boys soccer team.
Paul, in his discourse of Christ like conduct for the church at Corinth brought everything into perspective within this one verse. He said basically, whatever you do make sure that you work to the best of your ability, and remember that glorifying God is the most important thing. So, you may be drinking your coca-cola at lunch. You may be eating your pizza at dinner. You may be playing hard on the soccer field. You may be mowing your neighbors lawn. There are thousands of things you could be doing right now. No matter which one of those things you may be doing, be sure that you have glorifying God as your top priority in whatever you are doing!
This verse should be the characteristic of every Christian on this earth. In other words, the overall characteristic of my life should be that Jesus is number ONE in and through everything I do, say, act, react, and think about. My number one goal is to bring glory to my Savior Jesus Christ. I should love good and shun evil. I should run to righteousness and flee sinfulness. I should be all about whatever pleases Jesus and brings glory to Him.
I honestly believe the hearts of the men who coach my son’s soccer team are hearts that want to bring glory to Jesus even in the midst of hard work on and off the soccer field. I believe their testimony has had an impact on the boys they coach, and in turn the boys practice extremely hard.
I can’t help but think how we as Christian’s should work so diligently in every part of our lives as these boys have worked thus far on the field. If we, who know Jesus personally, were to be that diligent about our faith in Christ, the world could not help but be changed. Yet, so many times God is not number one in our lives. The question for us today is this, “What must I do personally to live out 1 Corinthians 10:31 in my life today?”.