Does God like football?

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

Does God like football?  I think so.   Is God as bummed out as I am that both the Broncos and the Packers lost their chance for another Super Bowl this season?  Doubtful.  Was God pulling strings so that some of Aaron Rodger’s passes found a successful receiver… or not?  Maybe….maybe not.  Is it important?  I will leave that up to you.

However, with all the publicity about football and football players on the eve of 2017 Super Bowl 51, I do think that a better question than, “Does God like football?”, would be “Does God like football more than other professions?”, or…”Does God like Tom Brady better than Matt Ryan?”  And if we ask those questions, we then need to ask, “Does God like truck drivers?”, or…”Does God like some truck drivers better than other truck drivers?”  Or… computer programmers, or car salesman, or home builders, or marketing executives, or secretaries, or bankers, or chefs, or _______________ (you name it)?

I don’t think the profession is as important to God as the professor and what the professor does with the profession.

In God’s economy the focus is not football, it is the football player; and more importantly, why the football player is playing the game and what he is doing within the profession.  In God’s economy the focus is not computer programming, it is the computer programmer; and, more importantly, why the programmer is programming computers.

I think God is more interested in why we get up on Monday mornings and go to work than He is in what our work is.

“If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing.” Jesus, as recorded in John 8:54

Does God like football?  I think so.  However, I am very confident that God likes football players who also include Him in their game-plan.  It is not because they play football or whether or not they play it perfectly…but why they play.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians. 3:23,24

May you and I put our failures, our dropped balls and broken plays behind us and stay in the game. And remember that it is not so much the game that matters, or if we play it perfectly, but why we are in it…to glorify Him, the Creator of the “game”.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2Corinthians 12:9

His Super Bowl will last for eternity and I am convinced that we who include Him in our game-plan will each be given a ring (“an inheritance from the Lord”).

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”  Hebrews 12:1

In the Freedom of Forgiveness…and Growing in the Wind…


PS  Enjoy the Super Bowl!


One thought on “Does God like football?

  1. Hey Mike, nice article! Could the ring you speak of be the crowns we find in the Bible? I think so!

    BTW, I recall an NFC championship game the Packers lost :-(, to Seattle some years ago after which Russell Wilson, a professing believer, said God wanted Seattle to win. Aaron Rodgers’, also a professing believer, response I thought was better and is in line with what you wrote. He said something to the effect that he didn’t think God cared so much about who won, but about how they played the game and how well they played.


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