37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Romans 8:37 (ESV)
Romans 8:37 is such a cool verse. Who does not want to be a conqueror? What is amazing about this verse is that it is promising something more. God is telling us that we can be “more” than a conqueror. How can that be? How can someone be “more” than a conqueror? Pastor and theologian John Piper offers his insight:
“What I think ‘more than conquerors’ means for your happiness is that a conqueror has his enemies lying subdued at his feet. You've got distress, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, persecution, and there they are, conquered at my feet. More than conquerors means they're not just at my feet. They are serving me. They're not just in chains in prison. They are serving me. My persecution, my famine, my nakedness, my loss—as painful and as tearful as they are—are my servants. God works them all together for my good.”
Athlete, your sport has great potential to be an idol in your life. But, there is a way that you can make your sport “serve” you so that you experience more of God through it. Ask God today what that looks like in your life and in your sport.