Who you playing for? That’s such an important question! This time of year there are an abundance of holiday basketball tournaments being played. Often, the audience will include friends and family who are visiting from out of town, as well as alumni back for the holiday break.
This “new” audience sets up some interesting dynamics in the hearts and minds of athletes and coaches when it comes to the question of audience, or who you are playing for. The test of adversity here often exposes the desire within to want to play to impress this new audience. Not surprisingly, the distractions that come from wanting to impress often leads to poor play, not better play.
In Galatians 1:9, the apostle Paul writes, “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Being a witness for Jesus Christ and pleasing Him is incompatible with pleasing men. In other words, if you want to be a servant of Christ, your primary audience must be Him. He is your Audience of One!
Paul ends Galatians with these words in verse 6:14, “But may it never be that I would boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Strive to make Him your audience, and your boast to be about what Jesus Christ has done for you through the cross! Playing for any other audience will most likely cause you to not maxout, but more importantly it will lead you to strive to please men and to boast in things other than the cross!