The NBA All-Star Game: Being a “Showy” Christian

Welcome back to Christian Sports Insider! The NBA All-Star Game took place last month. If there is one thing the game is known for it is the lack of defense played. For the most part, all the action takes place at the offensive end of the floor. New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis even set a scoring record this year, pouring in fifty-two points. In the end, each player aims to show-off and impress the fans with their skills. This philosophy is appropriate on the basketball court, but it should not be applied to the Christian life. All human beings wage a daily battle with pride. We want to be the the best, and we want people to know that we are the the best. The Christian is no different. Sometimes we read our Bible just so we can say we can tell our small group leader at church, or we make make our prayers longer in an effort to impress our group members. This temptation is not something new. Jesus addressed it during his Sermon on the Mount. Jesus said that we should not pray or fast in hopes of receiving worldly recognition. Rather, we should remain silent and humble. Then, we will receive a reward from his Father in Heaven. Ultimately, our worship should always be genuine, coming from the love we have for God. Our worship should never be “showy” or intended to get someone’s attention. Even after all this time, I believe Jesus’ reminder is still valuable. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

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