Eagle Devotional: Play Together!
The final core pillar in the CPC basketball program is play together. This pillar, like the others, is undeniably linked to the first pillar: play for Him. Sure, we can play together and not play for the glory of God, but ultimately the effort won’t be worth much if it does not honor God. The Bible tells us: “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). What does the Bible mean by the glory of God? It means to bring God fame or renown. How do we honor God in playing together? We play in such a way that reflects the unity of God Himself: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and makes them famous in the eyes of others. God’s unity is the ultimate team example. Jesus prayed to the Father for us as His followers: “that they will all be one, just as You and I are one—as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You sent Me” (John 17). Our unity is part of what demonstrates to the world that God exists. So as our sons lay down their own desires for the sake of the team rather than for them as individuals, others take notice that something beyond basketball is taking place. After a missed shot, a bad call by the referee, or lack of playing time, it’s critical for our sons to remember for whom they are playing. Is it possible to play as one Eagle rather than 5 separate Eagles? Jesus believes it is.
Let’s look at another illustration. In the book, The Celtic Way of Evangelism, the author provides one reason why the Romans were able to advance their empire against the Celtic tribes. The author used an analogy given to him by a zoologist: “A tiger will defeat a lion in battle; but five lions will defeat five tigers because the lions fight in unity and the tigers fight individually. Five united lions will defeat one tiger at a time. Each Celtic tribe was like a tiger in battle, respected and feared. The Romans, with legendary strength in organization and fighting unity, were the lions. They were able to defeat each individual Celtic tribe because the Celts refused to unify against the Romans”. Will our sons play unified like lions, or as individuals? One way reflects the heart and unity of God, the other brings glory to us as individuals. One way draws attention to ourselves, the other helps the world see Jesus more clearly.
IF we win or lose, I know I gave my all for the glory of God!