The Priority of Serving


“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.” — Matthew 20:28


There is an old story about a coach who was about to drown in a lake. A passerby jumped in and saved him. After the rescue, the coach went to visit his lifesaver to thank him. The coach said, “Sir, thank you for saving my life. I owe you everything.” The lifesaver responded, “Coach, you owe me nothing. Just see to it that you were worth saving.”

In God’s eyes, you were worth saving, not because you deserve to be saved or did something to earn it. Salvation comes purely as a result of God’s grace. Our response to God’s salvation, however, is demonstrated by our service. Are you risking your life to love others and to show them that Jesus came to save them? This is the least we can do, since Jesus gave his life to rescue us. A rescued and redeemed person gets a whole new lease on life. What we do with this matters more than anything we did before we were saved.


1. Do you have a desire to serve others? What serving opportunities do you and your coaching staff pursue?
2. Do you expect your players and staff to serve one another on and off the field?
3. What does it mean to be a serving coach?


Extra Reading: Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:7–8


Lord, I pray that You will help me have the heart of a servant. I desire to be all that You have called me to be in my responsibility as a coach. I confess to not being the servant that You desire. I acknowledge that it is only by Your grace and mercy that I can serve as You served. Thank You, Lord, for being my master Coach. Amen.

Bible Reference: 
Philippians 2