May 7, 2018

By Paul J Banta

Philippians 1:6 and 9–11 say, “There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. So, this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well.  Learn to love appropriately.  You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush.  Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.” – The Message

For the Christian soccer coach, all we do in this great game we must be about how God can help us reach success, achieve goals, and fulfill purposes for His significance, not only your own. In God’s eyes, success happens when you commit to serving Him wholeheartedly, seek after Him and pray. When you do that, you’ll find Him, and He will work through you with the abilities He’s given you.  The outcome of your efforts ultimately will impact others significantly in the game for changes that will be very meaningful for your growth in your life.  Worldly coaches know they are on a mission to serve themselves or someone else, and their success is short-term and has no lasting impact on your future and others with regards to being heaven. World-class coaches who know Christ as their Savior realize they are made for a purpose and see that the outcomes of their actions are used to serve God significantly long-term.

World-class coaches become servants to those around them. Their significant work for Christ through their qualities and passions indeed becomes their influence to serve and to teach not only the game of soccer but Christ do it by way of using biblical principles.  These coaches are ready to be used by God and will go boldly before their players and the world to be significant.  They glow with confidence and yet have inner peace, having a joy about them that’s contagious.  Those who have the opportunity to be around them, learn from them, and be mentored and prayed for by them will be influenced big time. These coaches let God be in control. They speak about and teach His kingdom through soccer for consequence that become positive.  God has give you His treasurers to help him provide a future for yourself and your players. He alone is who you serve.

Matthew 6:19-23 says, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.  Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.  “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!  “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” – NLT

What’s your next move?