Devotional

Victory in Christ

Ready 

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!"
— 1 Corinthians 15:57

Set 

Everyone wants to win. As coaches, we are probably more conscious of winning than most. After all, many times our livelihood rides on winning and losing. But we must be careful that our desire to win does not become our only emphasis with our athletes. We cannot push our players to win “at all costs.” The great coach John Wooden once said, “I don’t know whether always winning is good. It breeds envy and distrust in others and overconfidence and lack of appreciation very often in those who enjoy it.” How important it is for coaches to walk that fine line between wanting their teams to succeed, and acting as though winning is the only thing.

If we consider what Christ has done for us and what we can do through Him, we will realize that with God we are more than winners. In Luke 10:19, Jesus said, “I have given you the authority…over all the power of the enemy.” We know we will face many different enemies—family troubles, financial hardships, peer pressure—in our Christian walk. It would be much easier to just succumb to them, but through God’s wonderful grace we can be “more than victorious” (Rm 8:37).

Go 

1. What attitude toward winning do you present to your team?
2. As a coach, do you “win” when one of your players comes to know Christ?
3. What can you do to instill a desire to win not only on the court or the field, but also in your Christian walk?

Workout 

Deuteronomy 3:22; 2 Samuel 8:6; 2 Kings 17:39; 2 Chronicles 20:17; Psalm 18:32–35; 2 Corinthians 10:3–5

Overtime 

Lord, we all want to win. Above the desire to win, teach us to number our victories toward godly living as we learn to obey You and Your Word daily. Amen.

Ministry