The focal point of this last episode of Off the Field is purpose. Dictionary.com defines purpose as “the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.” Similar to when we talked about identity, the topic of purpose has a weighty question attached. Why am I here on earth? Yet another difficult thing to think about.
"I want to become an athlete of influence!"
Lucky for us, we have the most reliable tool in the Bible. We can specifically look at Isaiah 43 for some guidance. In this passage, the prophet Isaiah explains the relationship between God and the Israelites. In verse seven Isaiah says, “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory and whom I formed and made,” and in verse 21 he says “the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.” Both of these verses speak about how those whom God has called were made to bring glory and honor to Him.
Right now, part of your purpose is centered around being a Christian athlete. The temptation can be to garner praise from you friends, family, coaches, and the fans. The important thing to ask yourself is how you can exalt God’s name during competition. We have the responsibility to not only appreciate our talents, but also turn them upward through worship and selfless service.
- How do you define your purpose as a Christian athlete?
- How does that definition change the way you compete?
- Make a list of the talents God has given you. How can you use these for God’s glory?
- Why is it important to think about your purpose in the context of competition?
- Isaiah 43 focuses on the relationship between God and Israel in the Old Testament. How can you apply this passage to your own life?