Every player wants the coach to notice him. I can picture those kids sitting the bench and trying to lean just right for to catch the coach’s eye. Or the kid that makes sure he sits right next to the coach on the bench and talks non-stop to be noticed. Every once in a while there is even the player that point-blank asks the coach to put him in. (I even talk to players at times to explain how they should conduct themselves on the bench to be noticed. If they are messing around or sitting slumped back appearing uninterested, the coach is probably not putting them in.)
The simple fact is that we all want to be noticed. We all want to catch someone’s eye. I often preach about the fact that God (the Coach) is on our side. He has taken notice of us – He is on our side. Yet there is a bit of a twist to how this should play out in the Christian’s life.
From the worldly perspective we want noticed to bring glory to ourselves. (A player wants to find his name in the newspaper.) From the Biblical approach the goal of our lives should be to bring glory to God.
Even throughout Christ’s earthly ministry He chose to bring glory to the Father. Think about it – He could have performed a miracle for everyone He saw, yet He even used that power sparingly, so as to make it about the Father and not just about the miracles.
We, as God’s team, are ambassadors for Him. (See 2 Corinthians 5) Our primary objective is that God’s name and grace be lifted up! Make sure He is getting “the press.”
1 God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah 2 That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.4 Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah 5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6 Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. 7 God shall bless us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.