WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Key Bible Verse: As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Hebrews 12:1–3
God glories and delights in his creative work and calls for his image bearers to do the same in innumerable ways. Competition, rightly understood and ordered, is not simply about the individual competing, it is about the God who created him and the opportunity to be challenged to greater achievement because we live in community with other image bearers. Thus, the appropriate way to compete in sporting activities is to fight self-sacrificially to win the contest with all of your might, but having done so, to respect and admire your opponent for having done the same.
In other words, the Christian should understand that his or her opponent is not the enemy; he or she is a friend whom God has provided to help him or her grow and develop and to cultivate God-magnifying excellence.
The Christ-honouring competitor will be more competitive — not less. Nevertheless, the Christ-honouring competitor will not get his or her identity and self-worth from his or her performance because to do so would turn God’s gift into an idol. Christian competitors thank God for the ability to compete, but they also thank God for their opponent’s ability as well.
– David E. Prince in In the Arena
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