Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Sports devotion: Glory to God - 1 Corinthians 10:31

1 Corinthians 10:31   So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

The legendary Scottish athlete and missionary, Eric Liddell (on whom the movie ‘Chariots of Fire’ is based) was once asked about how he mixed his faith with his sprinting. He cheerfully replied, “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” It was a wonderful way to express his love of God and to give Him the glory for Eric’s athletic gifts. Whether he preached, served, or ran, Eric’s life was lived to the glory of God and he has been a great example of witness and encouragement to Christian athletes everywhere for almost 100 years.

We all lead different lives, come from different backgrounds, and end up in different careers. We are each uniquely created by God for a purpose that no one else can fulfill. What we do with our lives is important to the overall work of God’s salvation in the world. How we witness to Him in our homes, schools, and workplaces can either encourage or deter people from drawing closer to Christ.

Wherever you go today, whatever you do, and whoever you meet, try to be an encouraging witness for God. Whatever you accomplish or fulfill, give God the credit for allowing you the skills, gifts, and time to achieve your goals. In everything, give glory to God. In all that you are, glorify Him today.

Questions for personal reflection

What goals do I hope to accomplish this week? How can I give God the credit for what I do?

Prayer:            Lord Jesus, thank You for calling us into service for Your Kingdom here on Earth. May the gifts and talents, knowledge and skills that we possess be used to help others, promote Your ministry, and give glory to God. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to ask a question or make a comment on today’s message, please send him an email to

Today’s image is one that John drew for this year’s World Communion Sunday on October 6th. If you would like to view a larger version, please click on the following link:

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