Sports in the Bible

1 Corinthians 9: 24
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

Many people see the Bible as an ancient document that has no relevance to our lives today. The wise King Solomon knew better though. He said “what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). While the specifics may have changed (i.e. technology), in general people have not changed considerably. Humans seem to have always had a desire to play and compete. In fact the Bible makes frequent references to athletic endeavours such as running, and even boxing.

If you have a strong desire to play sports and compete, accept this as something God has placed on your heart. We are called to be excellent, and the way we conduct ourselves in our athletic pursuits can actually bring honour to God. The apostle Paul said “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Paul says that we are to run in such a way as to get a prize. He was not concerned about prizes that do not last, like medals and trophies which we will not be able to take with us after our death, but rather eternal prizes such as a place in heaven with Jesus if we accept him into our hearts, and the heavenly rewards he promises his faithful servants.
Are you running in a way today that is pleasing to the Lord, or are you running aimlessly? Have a chat with the most gracious coach you’ll ever meet – Jesus – and tell him you’re ready to run this race of life in a new, and powerful way.


  1. Mark says:

    Do well My Friend, the race we run requires every effort. All the best with this initiative, I look forward to seeing God move and see lives change as you present His truth to us through your Blog. Bless you and may God give you great wisdom and insight to encourage all who would choose to run “the race”.

    1. Roland Mechler says:

      Amen. Thank-you friend!

  2. kinga says:

    God is amazing, always perfectly timing the email I need to read. Thanks for this Roland, I think my kids will love this and I hope I can learn/find the right ways to ‘train’ my athlete kids from your blog as well!! -heb 12:1 let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…..

    1. Roland Mechler says:

      Thanks Kinga. God is good!! Go Team Cormier!

  3. Barry says:

    Very nice Roland and I’ll be passing this on to my family. God bless.

  4. Gillian says:

    Thank you for this Roland. All three of our children are athletes. Praying that this will add to our lives in giving God the glory for all our abilities and keeping our eyes and hearts on the true Prize. Looking forward to see what God has given you to share!

    1. Roland Mechler says:

      And all the people said “Amen”. Bless you and your family Gillian. Thanks for the thoughtful comments.

  5. Rylin says:

    this is an amazing website I’ll read it every week!thank you Roland!!!!!Jesus is awesome!

    1. Roland Mechler says:

      You’re right Rylin. Jesus is awesome! Continue being a light as you worship God in your sports pursuits!

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