But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.– Luke 22:26
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. –1 Peter 2:21
A Champion literally translated is one who “stands in between the two middles”. He stands in the gap. He fights for those he cares about. His cause is great. In fact, it is greater than himself. Most people think of a champion as one who wins in a sport. And in many cases, it is only about that individual or team rising above the other opposing team to prove that they are greater.
God’s idea of a Champion is greater.
God’s Champion is a God seeker, fighter, lover, and servant.
SEEKER: First and foremost, a Champion seeks after God. His ultimate goal is being so in tune with God that everything he does flows out of that relationship. He hears, feels and knows God’s heart and desires. He is guided by God’s spirit and longs for God’s ways and love to be known and experienced by all. He wants joy and happiness for himself and others and he knows that seeking God is the key.
FIGHTER: Yes he competes. He strives. He works to get better. He wants all that he does to be the best because he knows his life, others and the Cause are at stake. His fight however is for God. And his number one enemy is satan and his own flesh that keeps trying to feed him lies of doubt and unbelief.
LOVER: The great drive to protect and fight comes from his deep love. It wells up in him so much that he does things any ordinary person would instinctively turn and run in fear. A champion is the greatest lover on earth!
SERVANT: A true leader is a servant leader. Jesus himself said, “the greatest one among should be…like the one who serves.” And a leader by definition champions others by serving and using his life… skills, talents, personality and resources…to help others.
We want young men to not just be another winner of a game…we want them to be Champions in life?
Click below to see a visual presentation we are using during our gatherings with our young men and coaches: