Put Your Game Face On


The other day I had a tickle in my throat so I reached into my medicine cupboard and picked out a Halls cough drop. I noticed that the wrapper had some sayings printed on it one of which said, “Put your game face on.”

I said to myself, “Hmmm. I’ve heard this saying many times but what does it mean? How do you put on your ‘game face’? And how might this apply to being a Christian?”

Going to a dictionary, it read, “Game Face (noun): A look of intense determination on the face of a game player.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary.) Anytime you watch a football game, for example, you might see those game faces on the players — scrunched eyebrows, glaring eyes, pressed lips. In such a scene, you can see stern, determined expressions revealing an earnest resolve to successfully accomplish the mission.

On the other hand, others might display their “game face” with a cool, calm, collected countenance to show strength over weakness; confidence over fear — raised eyebrows, sparkling eyes, relaxed lips. Such a face expresses getting the job done without looking intimidated while demonstrating a sense of superiority over one’s opponents.

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Regardless whether the look is mean or calm, the game face is an indication that one is ready to perform with a passion to win. So it is in the game of life, especially for Christians.

In a spiritual sense, we put on our game faces so as to express our intense desire to win over sin. Sometimes we have to face our temptations with a scowl and a frown in fearless ferocity to dig in, and never give up the struggle to overcome. Other times, our game faces are shown with a cool, calm air of confidence and inner peace knowing God will take care of us and guide us through the thick and thin of despair and anguish. No matter what our games faces look like, we play the game with a passion to win in the end when Jesus comes in power and great glory to save us and give us eternal life.

With that goal in mind, others will see our game face just as we can see it in athletes. Here is a poem about this very same point:

You don’t have to tell how you live every day,
You need not reveal if you work or play;
For a trusty barometer’s always in place —
However you live it will show in Your face.

The truth or deceit you would hide in your heart,
They will not stay inside when once given a start;
Sinews and blood are like thin veils of lace —
What you wear in your heart you must wear on your face.

If you’ve battled and won in the great game of life,
If you’ve striven and conquered through sorrow and strife,
If you’ve played the game fair but reached only first base,
It shows in your face.

—Author Unknown

Consider the following passages when putting on your game face:

Proverbs 4:25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. 27 Don’t get side tracked; keep your feet from following evil. (New Living Translation, NLT)

Philippians 4:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have embraced it yet. But this one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus. (International Standard Version, ISV)

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,… (New American Standard Bible 1977, NASB77)

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.… (New American Standard Bible, NASB)

James 1:25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. (NASB)

Our game face is simply Christ living in us for the world to see as the message in this song by Jeremy Camp says (click on the following link)…


Good News to you!
Pastor Michael

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