The phrase Most Valuable Player dates back to 1931. This award was established by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The criteria for this award attempted to recognize the most outstanding player each season. Major League Baseball changed the name of this award in 1944 after their first commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis died. Meanwhile, the National Football League’s first MVP award was named the Joe F. Carr Trophy beginning in 1938. Lefty Grove was the first professional athlete in the United States to be named the Most Valuable Player.
David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of this Philistine; your servant will go out and fight with him. 33 And Saul said to David, You are not able to go to fight against this Philistine. You are only an adolescent, and he has been a warrior from his youth, 1 Samuel 17:32-33.
God’s standards for MVP contain a few crucial characteristics. First, faith separates average looking individuals from the pillars of the past recognized in Hebrews 11. This Hall of Faith lists those filled with assurance despite the odds each faced. Second, believing and trusting in the power of God elevates visionaries from mere dreamers. As Israeli soldier’s looked at Goliath’s height, 9 feet 6 inches, David saw an uncircumcised Philistine who could be defeated. The final attribute which gets God’s attention is fanning into flame your spiritual gift and talents.
Your servant killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 David said, The Lord Who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Go, and the Lord be with you! – 1 Samuel 17:36-37
Most Valuable Players don’t listen to their skeptics who dwell on what can’t be accomplished, done or fulfilled. Rather, MVP’s use negativity to fuel, inspire and ignite motivation to do what others said was impossible. Some of the greatest athlete’s of all team were driven to reach new heights to become faster, stronger and mentally tougher than ever imagined. One way that modern day Christians can maximize their God given abilities is by tapping into the power of the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:25. While God’s MVP’s usually don’t get recognized on earth, eternal treasures are awaiting in heaven for those filled with a spiritual resolve.
by Jay Mankus