Witnesses on the Field
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
-Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)
In our fast-paced lives, it is becoming easier and easier to compartmentalize. School is Monday through Friday, soccer practice is on Tuesday, music rehearsal is on Thursday, and church is on Sunday. We often separate our Christian lives from our educations, careers, and social calendars. However, God calls us to be a light unto the world – to represent Christ and bring the Good News into every “compartment” of our lives. In all that we do, whether it is in school, at work, or out in our communities, our goal should be to bring glory to God. Whatever we work for, we do it as unto the Lord. At HCA, we strive to honor God in all areas of education, whether that means teaching our classes from a Biblical worldview, creating music and art unto the Lord, or playing sports for the glory of God. Though we don’t always immediately see the harvest from the seeds sown, the members of HCA’s Athletics Department have recently been reminded of the impact they have on the lives they touch, simply by keeping their eyes fixed on Christ.
For the eighth consecutive year, HCA has been voted the unanimous recipient of the NJSIAA Sportsmanship Award in our League. This vote is conducted by the Athletic Directors in the League, and is based on all athletic competitions and interactions with student-athletes, officials, coaches, and fans. Athletics at HCA serve to educate, both in the sport and in the development of character, teamwork, and goal-setting. It is our philosophy that athletics be an opportunity to demonstrate God-given abilities in a God-honoring way. Teams strive to be highly competitive while glorifying God by displaying good sportsmanship.
Each year we compete in hundreds of games, matches, and meets. We interact with thousands of opponents, coaches, officials, and fans. On any given day or week, our teams may be the only representation of Christ that they may see or have a chance to interact with. While we always strive for victory, we know that there is much more to sports than just winning and losing. Being a witness for the Lord is the ultimate goal and achievement.
In Colossians, Paul tells us to work as for the Lord in whatever we do – not just in the big things, not only in public things, but in all things. No deed is too small, and no activity too compartmentalized, to be done in the service and for the glory of God. Pastor and author John Piper suggests that every activity in every day should be done to honor the Lord – even drinking our orange juice in the morning! It is the conscious decision to seek to glorify Him with our every decision, every action, and every breath.
“Everything we do – even drinking orange juice – can be done with the intention and hope that it will be to the advantage of many that they may be saved.”
-John Piper, Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org