I don’t know where you were, but I know where I was. On June 14th, 1998, I was at my parents home when Jordan shut down the Jazz in game six. On February 3rd, 2008, I was in my friend’s living room when David Tyree, of the New York Giants, caught “The Catch” leading them to their Super Bowl win over the favored Patriots. On August 16th, 2008, I watch from my own living room Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps win his 7th, gold medal by just 1/100 of a second. On July 10th, 2011, I was in our Dallas apartment when I watched the “Comeback of the Ages” when the USA Women’s world cup team defeated Brazil.
I am sure you have similar memories, but I have to beg the question, “What made those moments happen? It wasn’t me, it wasn’t you, and it wasn’t even your friends. It was the players who choose to use their “giftedness.” As a result these men and women blessed the world with their gifts giving us some of the greatest sport moments in our history.
So what’s my point? Sure many of us don’t have the “athletic gift,” but for those who are in Christ (1 Cor. 12) we each have a “spiritual gift.” It would have been a shame if David Tyree decided moments before the game not to play. It’s actually absurd to think that way. A gift is meant to be used, and in the same way God has given us spiritual gifts, which surpasses any earthly abilities, in order that we may employ it (1 Peter 4:10). Christians who employ their gifts are the athletic department of God’s kingdom.