I have successfully dodged organized sports for quite some time. Not that I’m against them. There’s great value in exercise and sports-related character building. I just avoid unnecessary busyness (because the necessary busyness is busy enough!) and I figured the value of sports could be experienced through other means.
And I still stand by my logic.
However, we’ve decided to try soccer this year. We haven’t been dragged into it; rather, we are jumping into it with great intentionality. Not only for the sake of the known benefits of team sports, but I’m also hoping we’ll gain something far more significant…
Not just any ol’ opportunities. I’m talking “tell people the most important news they will ever hear” opportunities. I’m talking “people will die separated from God if they don’t respond to the message I’ve got to share” opportunities. I’m talking “be a light in a dark place” opportunities. Evangelism opportunities to be exact.
One of the main reasons why we are putting our kids in soccer is to meet people, show them God’s love, and tell them the great news of Jesus Christ. Or at minimum, invite them to church!
A Season for Soccer
Different seasons of life provide different evangelistic opportunities. At times you’ll have opportunities within your family. Maybe you’ll have (or already had) a time to focus on your neighborhood, your kids’ school, or your homeschool co-op. Sometimes even church ministry brings an abundance of evangelistic opportunities. Not to mention opportunities at work, the gym, or the stores you frequent.
The key is seeing the opportunities and using them!
This year, we’re looking for ways to extend our reach in the community we’ve recently moved to. And soccer seemed strategic. There will be plenty of parents around during games and practices. So that’s the plan: pray for God to use us, show up at soccer, build relationships, and look for opportunities to share about Jesus!
Basically, I am now a “soccer mom” so I can be an ambassador for Christ — So I can better heed the truths in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20:
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
What’s Your Plan?
Imagine going to a foreign land to be a missionary. Your life would be strategic and purposeful. You’d be finding ways to build relationships for the sake of the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:22). You’d be willing to inconvenience yourself to accomplish the Great Commission (1 Corinthians 10:33). You’d be looking for open doors, or you’d be creating them! In many ways, what you would do on the mission field is exactly what you should do here.
Do you have a strategic plan to be a good ambassador for Christ? You may already have a boatload of opportunities in front of you. Are you ready to use them? Or if you don’t have many current opportunities, are you ready to find them?!If you don't have opportunities to share the gospel, it's time you find some! Click To Tweet
You may not be a missionary in a foreign land, but you are a Christian with a mission. You have the message of reconciliation that you need to share.
In what ways can we shine brightly for Jesus in the coming months? How can we be better ambassadors for Christ?
Foreign land or not, we’ve got to be strategic and purposeful for the sake of the gospel.
Let’s Do This!
As we start another school year, join me in making this the best, most effective year of strategic evangelism! Let’s plan for it, pray for it, and let’s spread the good news of Jesus on those soccer fields, in our schools, at our workplaces, among our family members, in our neighborhoods, and wherever else opportunities arise.
Let’s find this season’s opportunities and let’s use them!