May 27, 2019

By Paul J Banta

Matthew 20:26-28 says, “When the ten others heard about this, they lost their tempers, thoroughly disgusted with the two brothers. So, Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done. He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away His life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.” – The Message

As Christian coaches, we serve those in this game to make your team success the show team, group of individual significance.  Most of us who have coached in this great game think the players help us be the coach/leader/mentor God designed us to be. Players believe that the coach does the serving and are there to make me a success. The reality of such thoughts does not address the fact of the game coached by coaches who are biblically robust and believers in Jesus. They are also not correct when it comes to using biblical principles to coach and train your players. Let me explain!

Several years ago, I was doing a coaching course in Guatemala City for about 50 coaches. Coach came from around the country, at various levels of the game from former national team players to local club coaches and even one from Mexico. At the end of the course, which was about coaching players tactically in their training sessions along with the idea of coaching players with integrity, I asked those who attended the coaching sessions, “What would be the definition verbally their view of leadership when coaching their players after they watch me coach for three days straight.” We had about ten guys shared, that leadership is about ‘serving the team to play better tactically.’

The conclusion that they came to was that they needed to bring something to their training sessions for their player and not for themselves. They got it, realizing they are coaching for players and they needed to come prepared to be a responsible leader that would develop players. They thought this was the only way they could help players. But let me further explain!

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” – NIV

Christian coaches need to believe that one of the most significant characteristics God wants for them is to become such a humble servant in this game and their daily living, so when He challenges us, we make that effort to live serving God’s in ways He designed. We must become more and more dependent on Him for personal and your team’s successes. Believe that having a faithful relationship with our Heavenly Father as we imitate His Son Christ, demonstrates that we intend, through the sending Jesus to be our Advocate, Guide, and Model, as well as our Savior.

Matthew 23:11-12 says, Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.” – The Message

What’s your next move?