July 2, 2018

By Paul Banta

John 12:23-26 says, “Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory.  I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.  Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.  Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.” – NLT

As coaches and servants, who are supposed to serve Jesus Christ through our passion of the game, we become a committed living example who Christ wants us to be by what we think, say and do in our coaching. In other words, we’re to be in this game as a chosen coach who the Holy Spirit will use for God’s work in this game we coach. That’s the earthly and eternal plan for you God design for you, and anything thing other than that is out of the question. Give some thought to the below about what Jesus wants you to do as you live for Him being a living example of doing soccer, your designed purpose.

Get to learn how and then practice living daily with your heart, mind, and faith 100% as God’s servants.  We coach a great game, but we must do it for Him not the future of your wins and loss column.  We need to release our grip on our controlling of our time, talents, and treasures.  We need to accept the high honor God has given us and take the responsible action to work for His Kingdom. Like our Savior, we’re not to act independently.  We do what God asks us with an attitude that it’s for Him because one day when we see His face, we can look at Him with the assurance of knowing it was all for Him and not about ourselves. John 5:19 says, “So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” – NLT Are you doing what the Father does?

Are you ready when God calls to you help others? Is your life so controlled by yourself or others that you do not hear Him speak? There’s a natural tendency to limit our circle of influence. But we must fight against this tendency. God asks that we reach out to offer help wherever there’s a need. Strengthening our Biblical knowledge, growing our faith and recognizing that we should be doing more for Him and less for ourselves will allow us to understand and act on the opportunities placed before us.  Listen to what the Apostle Paul says in Hebrews 10:24. “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” – NLT

That verse speaks to us about motivating one another in good things. That’s what coaching is to be about. Negativity for us as Christian coach has no place in our coaching words and actions. We should encourage each other to choose godliness and service over worldly pleasure and self-centeredness.  Christians are to inspire others attitudes of gratefulness for what the Lord has done and to instill confidence about what He’ll do in and through our lives. This is what coaching is all about, and coaches need to be moving in this direction as if the Lord was right there on the pitch watching our very actions and listening to what is coming out of our mouths.  Could be exciting and provide more wins for your team?

Let your love for God grow, encourage, stimulate and influence others for Him alone. Let your Father and His Son, Jesus, receive all the glory and taking zero for yourself. Once this starts to happen more frequently in your life, and you practice and be more committed to serving Him while coaching, you will be what God designed you to be. You’re His teammates, to coach well and do it all for Him and His great glory.

What’s your next move?