December 24, 2018

By Paul J. Banta

Romans 12:1-3 says, “So, here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for Him.” – The Message

One of the best ways to coach soccer is to express your love for God by being committed to Him and what He’s called you to accomplish and not so much your plans. Commitment is what love is all about. You don’t love somebody unless you’re committed to their best interests or if you are committed to a job you must commit to doing nothing but your best.

Nothing significant or of primary importance will ever happen in your life without firm commitments. By you being committed your future is determined and more than likely quite secure. Through commitment efforts you are becoming whatever you are committed to being so, choose your commitments carefully. If you’re committed to the wrong things, you’re going to become the wrong person and not what God has your plans for you. When we coach this game with a commitment to change the way we deal with the game and players we move to higher levels. This higher level may mean studying the game more, treating players better in training, provide sound modern coaching methods, praying for players and let them better express themselves in the game rather than you be so demanding.

Just give it some thought on how you could commit better to the game, accomplish more while at the same time use your abilities to serve Christ. Commit more today and get on the right path to finish the race you were called to do with excellence. What does it mean to be fully committed to God?

  • I will use my life and abilities for Jesus Christ and not my selfish gain.
  • I will grow even more spiritually and becoming the person who’s more like Jesus Christ every day by development my character, understanding of God’s word and knowledge of my professional abilities.
  • I will use my talents and gifts to help my players and my coaching staff in a more meaningful manner beyond the game.
  • I will commit to sharing with others why I believe the Christ walk is essential to me and how it could be vital for them for their eternity and how my salvation which is in Christ Jesus will fulfill the mission and purpose God has for them on this earth.

Commitment means more than the hard-physical work and emotional energy it takes to do the job on and off the field. A significant level of mature spiritual commitment is required. If you’re going to serve the Lord through your passion for the game, you need to put in extra time to commit to your spiritual concerns for yourself. Guess what? It’s a hard battle. You can’t go it alone. You’ll find that inner strength and peace will come through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

You’ll need to make the tough choices being more committed to the Lord about using your faith, remaining committed to Christ, and using the power of the Holy Spirit to believe God will work His purpose through the daily grind of completing His work through you. Remember, you were selected to do soccer for the Lord. As John 15:16 says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go [coach] and bear fruit [players]—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

So, here’s what God wants you to do. Take your everyday, ordinary life, which includes your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life and place it before God telling Him that you plan to give Him your heart completely. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for your life. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, regularly dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God will bring the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

What’s your next move?