1“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2

As athletes we work to earn our place, position and victories. If we never put in the work then we will never receive the reward; our reward is always a product of our work and effort. Well, Jesus flips that reality on its head. The passage above tells us that “…in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice…” Did you catch it? We offer our lives as worship in response to God’s mercy. God doesn’t wait to see what you will do for Him to offer you mercy. He has already freely given it to you from the very beginning.

In light of God’s mercy, ultimately revealed in the loving sacrifice of Jesus, we are moved to offer everything we do as worship to God, including our games. I believe when we think of all that God has done for us there is no other response than to worship Him on and off the field. The truth is that even when we fail to respond the way we should, God’s mercy and love for us is never-ceasing.

Think about the world’s idea of karma: you get what you deserve. Praise be to God that He doesn’t approach us that way! Don’t conform or give in to that way of thinking when it comes to your relationship with God. Transformation happens when we begin to live in response to what we know to be true. Therefore, when you step out onto that court or field today, offer your play as worship in response to God’s constant and never-ending mercy for you.

  • Think of all that God has done for you.
  • Thank and praise God for His mercy for you.
  • Ask God to help your play be holy and pleasing to Him.