Written by Henry Roy
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Webster's simple definition of an all-star declares it as a famous performer who is very skillful; a top performer(s) who is the most skilled or accomplished. Coming off another NHL all-star weekend, it was truly eye-opening to see the high level of skill that was and is now on display at the highest levels of hockey. The speed of the skating, the accuracy of the shooting and the velocity of the shots is amazing and awe-inspiring on top of being extremely entertaining.
Our culture is one in which all stars in various venues are looked up to by many and often elevated to lofty platforms. They are judged favorably by their ability to perform their craft better than others or in a manner that leaves others awestruck. More often than not, these judgments are purely based upon outward performances with little regard to the content of the performer's character. As a result, the platforms given are often utilized for good but sometimes for ill. In my life experience, I have revered true all stars in sport, such as Bobby Orr, Roger Staubach and more recently, Tim Tebow. I have been inspired by them not just for their exemplary playing field performances and competitiveness, but for their off-field selflessness and humility. In essence, their accomplished skill has not lead to a win at all costs and in spite of everyone else bravado that is often pervasive in today's all-star driven culture. They are examples of all stars that have taken their God given talents to the highest levels of their respective sport, yet have not fallen prey to the desires of egotistical self promotion.
Let's now consider the skillful attributes Jesus Christ and see how the creator and savior of the world stacks up in the all-star category. Is Jesus famous? Millions and millions of devoted followers all over the world and perhaps billions identifying themselves as Christians would certainly quantify the famous button. Did Jesus perform at the highest levels in His day? Do you know anyone that could speak directly to the devil himself under temptation and not only reject the temptation but usher the devil away on command (Matthew 4:10-11)? I will venture a guess not. That kind of skillful performance set the standard for how to handle temptation of any kind. Jesus also had several other skillful and powerful performances that spoke to his beyond all-star capabilities. He miraculously healed many who were sick (Matthew 15:30), fed the multitudes with only a small amount of bread and fish (Mark 6:41), calmed the seas with a word (Matthew 8:26), walked on water (Matthew 14:29) and most importantly endured death and rose from the grave conquering sin and death (John 20:1). Today, our culture would describe these feats as record-setting and standard bearing performances. However, in spite of all these powerful performances Jesus espoused humility even when rejected and abused. He most certainly could have taken glory for himself, but he was miraculously born (yet another skillful performance) with a purpose far beyond glory for himself. His ultimate purpose was to bring glory to God the Father by paying the price once and for all for the sin that was brought on by Adam.
As believers in Jesus, we can follow His lead and strive for performance excellence with the talents and skills that God has given us, but we must do it in humility and not to bring glory to ourselves. We must make a conscious effort and choice to pursue greatness in a manner consistent with the standard set by the all-star of all-stars, Jesus Christ.
- What types of all-stars influence you? Do you look beyond the outward performance to make a judgment?
- Do you strive for greatness on the basis of personal gain or glory? Or do you pursue greatness for God's glory?
- Have you claimed Jesus as your personal savior and all-star standard bearer?
- John 16:33
- Matthew 4:10-11
- Matthew 15:30
About the Author
Henry Roy grew up in Massachusetts as a sports enthusiast. He played multiple sports during his high school and college years including football, hockey and golf. He spent time in college as a placekicker for Florida State University, where he was first introduced to Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the FSU Chapter huddles. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife Shelly and sons, Jackson and Harrison. His son Jackson has been a participant with FCA Hockey Chowder Cup and Christian Cup teams the past few years. Henry has had the privilege of coaching youth hockey teams from mites to midgets for the past decade and looks to be as involved as possible with FCA Hockey into the future.
Posted on Tue, February 9, 2016
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