Ready “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”—Romans 12:1 (NLT)
Set All-in sacrifice is rare in sports and in life. It’s the kind of sacrifice that takes a commitment to doing more than you think you can do and to giving more than you think you can give. Sacrifice always costs something, and that’s the reason it’s rare. Human nature wants to receive more and keep more for self. But sacrifice means putting the needs of self second. All-in sacrifice is even rarer because it costs everything. It involves a total surrender that keeps absolutely nothing in the reserves.
Sacrifice in sports often means giving up other activities for the sake of being on a team. All-in sacrifice in sports means leaving every ounce of energy you have on the field. Whether you’re practicing or competing, you give your all for your team.
All-in sacrifice is what God has done for you through His Son, Jesus. Jesus died for our sins because it was the only way for us to be restored to God. Jesus’s death on the cross was the ultimate all-in sacrifice.
Go What things will you need to reprioritize in order to be “all in” in your sacrifice for your sport and your life for Christ?
Workout Romans 2:1–2; 1 John 4:19
Overtime Lord, give me the strength and the courage I need to be “all in” with my sacrifice the way that You were “all in” with Your sacrifice for me. Amen.
Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, Victory 365: Daily Motivation for a Champion’s Heart (Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2016).