Keepers of the Flame: Men's Ultimate cutter Jacob Martinez
December 8, 2015 | Lynchburg, Va.
In this week's segment of "Keepers of the Flame," Jacob Martinez, a freshman cutter on Liberty University's men's Ultimate team, shares his perspective on why he plays the game — not just for the satisfaction of winning, but for the Glory of God. He believes the Lord blesses those who honor Him by their words and actions, especially during the heat of battle in the extremely competititive sport.
The Biblical Studies major who plans to go into full-time ministry tries to live out his favorite Scripture verse, Ephesians 4:29 — "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" — so that he might serve as a Christ-like example on the field and maintain his testimony before his teammates and opposing players alike.
"Our ultimate goal, aside from winning, is to minister to the others we are playing against, most of whom aren't Christians," Martinez said. "If we are representing Christ as we play, we would really shortchange the other team if we didn't display Christ in everything that we did."