With the NFL season starting, analysts are making predictions and fantasy football managers are completing their draft selections. Every NFL player is being put under a microscope as fans and the media are determining how good they are expected to be throughout the year. 

Dependability is one of the key characteristics to factor in when projecting players’ contributions and potential success. Do they get injured regularly? Do they have issues getting suspended? Do they fumble, throw interceptions, or drop passes? Can you really count on them to be reliable?

Even some of the most talented players have a tough time being trusted, and I know as a fantasy football manager, those are the guys I try to avoid during the drafts.

When it comes to our own lives, would others consider us dependable? Do we live up to our word? Are we reliable to show up when we need to? Are we someone that others can always count on to come through? Do others trust us and want us on their “team?”

When representing Jesus to others, dependability shows integrity and sets forth a good example for others to follow. We want to remain consistent in our faith as we showcase a trustworthy commitment to loving God and others.

The Bible challenges us with this in 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV): “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

The New International Version (NIV) puts it this way: Therefore, My dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

While cheering for our favorite NFL team or our own fantasy football team, we appreciate the dependable players who consistently produce and show up in significant ways. Today, let’s stand firm in the Lord by modeling a reliability that others can count on. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, forgive me for not always living up to my word and failing to be dependable. I’m thankful for Your grace, and ask that You would strengthen me as I desire to stand firm with reliable faith and character. Thank you for the example Jesus gave us. I ask that I, too, would represent trustworthiness as others look to me. In His name I pray, Amen.