A few years ago, God impressed upon my heart to enter into sports outreach. Quite honestly, I was somewhat surprised. I wasn’t a sports athlete; my husband and children were the ones who participated in sport. I attended their games; I was THE sports fan. But, God revealed something to me…many people of different generations, from grandparents to nieces and nephews attend sports activities on a regular basis. The sports atmosphere brings people together, Christians and non-Christians alike. Although there is an appreciation for sport, my heart’s desire was to share the greater love of Jesus to people through the avenue of sport.
Sports outreach is just an area that can really impact people to live and serve like Jesus. So how do we mobilize people to use their skills and talents for Christ?
God gives everyone different abilities to make an impact. There is no doubt that peers greatly influence peers. An athlete can speak the “language” and have a sphere of influence to reach the unreached. They have the ability to build bridges in relationships through sport which transcends cultural barriers. Equipping players and empowering them to share their greater love of Jesus in and through sport is why sports outreach exists.
Which begs the question, are we utilizing our God-given talents well? God has a plan and purpose for everyone and equips us for service. Is there any reason why it shouldn’t be through the avenue of sport, school, or work? We have an opportunity to demonstrate God’s love in all that we do by sharing Jesus, serving or encouraging others, and building relationships. This is an act of true worship, our “love language” to Him. Jesus’ great commission in Matthew 28 should be the foundation to which we obtain a strategy for ministry; a strategy for life.
Sometimes I think we often confine God to a box because we think we should continue to do ministry the way its always been done. I agree there are core foundations to which we should not change, but there is a culture that is ever evolving. As Paul wrote in Corinthians 9:22, “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.”
We should never compromise the Gospel but relate to others by putting ourselves in their shoes so there is an open door to communicate the Gospel. For the love of Jesus, and in obedience to Him, we are compelled to share our love of God with people.
Partnering with the Church to bring about His Kingdom within our community has been a real honor for me.