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Director's Message: Spring 2017

Date posted: 05/04/17

Director's Message: Spring 2017

 

When I first became a Christian, a friend who had a great influence on my decision said it was a very good thing that I was excited about following Christ.

He then added that it would be even better if I was more excited about following Christ in 10 years’ time. They were words of wisdom that I’ve not forgotten over the last 30 years - or three sets of 10!

In chapter two of his letter to the church in Ephesus, having explained the radical nature of the free gift of grace, Paul goes on to write this in verse 10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV)  Having been saved by grace, we are called to take the talents God has given us and to put them to His use. We do this knowing that God has created us with our abilities, and all along He was preparing us to know Him and use our skills to serve Him and our neighbours in this world.  Isn’t this remarkable? The God who made the galaxies is the God who made you and I able to play sport. He’s the one who gave you the joy of competing alongside your teammate and opponent.

So your task, for whatever sets of 10 you have before you, is to pray, play and say together with all those who have the same God-given passion to serve Him in His world of sport. That’s why, in this magazine, there’s story after story of sportspeople sharing their faith in a range of different places where God has placed them. They were born to play, born to use their God-given gifts in sport - people like Karen Bessent, who is living for Jesus as a parent and member at Tyne United Rowing Club.

However, note this: there is no retirement mentioned in Paul’s mandate. That’s why Dickie Bird’s story is so inspiring. He represents so many great Christians in sport. He will never retire from being ‘God’s handiwork’ and will never lose his passion ‘to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’.  However many sets of 10 you and I have left in us, let us keep using our sporting passions and gifts to serve God in the world of sport. Never retire! 

 


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Graham Daniels, Cambridge United Football Club
Graham is a director of Cambridge United FC and is General Director of Christians in Sport. He is an associate staff member of St Andrew the Great (StAG) Church, Cambridge