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Game Face

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. James 1:21-24 (NKJV)

Have you ever watched a football game, and witnessed the players as they get themselves all psyched-up to play?  They have all sorts of facial expressions to show their intensity.  It’s known as, “Game Face.”  It’s a certain look a person chooses to portray during competition, but it might not be who they consistently are away from the competition. 

When I think of this, I am quickly reminded of a retired football player by the name of Mike Singletary.  Mike was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears — a man who was known for his intimidating focus and intensity that he displayed on the field.  His eyes were so intense at the beginning of each play; you would have thought he was possessed with anger and rage.  And yet Mike was an amazingly kind and cordial person off the field. Mike’s game face for football wasn’t the same face he had when he went home. In Mike’s case his game face wasn’t a bad thing, and in fact, it was just a sign of heightened awareness, concentration, and effort to do the best he could at what he was doing.

Q: So, if a game face is a good thing, then should we have a game face as Christian men and women?

Well, this depends on whether our game face is the face of Jesus—one determined to do what is best and is right—one motivated by love, compassion, mercy and truth.  It depends on whether our game face is really a byproduct of who we are in Christ, or if it is simply a mask to make us appear to be more holy than we actually are.

A good indicator of whether our Christian game face is authentic or simply a facade would be by accessing how we act and treat various people in our lives.  For example, do we act the same way away from church as we do when we are there?  Do we treat, or speak to our family members at home differently than we would to the pastor or someone else at church?  Or, how do we treat those acquaintances and friends we have who do not know Jesus—Do we compromise our Christian beliefs and values by acting and living differently around them than we would those at church?

Satan loves when we are hypocritical in our actions.  He knows he can get the family of God divided, cause new or immature believers to stumble in their Christian walk, and keep others from even wanting to know Jesus when we profess to believe and follow Jesus, but continue to act and live like the world.  If we truly love God, then we will be committed to live in a way pleasing and honoring to Him.  This love will be without hypocrisy because our love for God is real, meaning we will hate what is evil and continually cling to what we know to be good. 

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about how we are to live our lives as followers of Jesus Christ?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you the same person Monday through Friday as your are on Sunday in church?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make sure you are treating everyone as Jesus would, and guard yourself against being something different than what you know you should be before God at all times.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for teaching me through Your Word. Thank You Jesus for giving me an example to live by.  Help me to see any area where I am being hypocritical in my actions, and to repent of these areas.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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