CrossFit is something Cody Anderson excels at, but the sport isn’t the centre of his life – that’s reserved for another type of cross!
CrossFit has become one of the biggest trends in fitness, but for the fittest of the fit, international competition is fierce. Cody Anderson is a devout Christian at the top of the game. And he seeks to use his platform to promote the name of Jesus.
Anderson, who competes internationally in the CrossFit Games, grew up around church. But it was not until later his Christian faith became personal.
He says: “I grew up in a Christian home. I don’t like using the term ‘lukewarm’ but I guess I never really had much of a personal relationship with God.
“Believing in God was just a thing we all did because the generation before did it.
“At high school I got into the stuff that I shouldn’t. It wasn’t until I was 18 when I felt prompted by God to visit my faith and really delve deeper.
“It says in the Bible, nobody comes to Jesus unless the Father draws them. I had a hunger for reading the Bible and it got my attention on God.
“I started to go to church more with my mum and the big turning point I can think of was when I was at a super small conference near my hometown and this missionary lady from Colombia came into a small classroom during the off-hours to speak about her experiences of Jesus as a missionary.
“She was speaking about people getting healed in Jesus’ name and seeing people getting raised from the dead!
“That was when it all became real to me. I never really had that big wow moment like Paul had on the road to Damascus where he was knocked off of his horse!”
Anderson admits his faith plays a crucial role in his CrossFit career too.
He adds: “It’s been everything. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him. Every day I am doing this because he has given me the opportunity, which I hold with an open hand. If God wants me to do something else, I am totally fine with that.
“No one knew who I was five years ago and he has done all this for me, so I give him the glory.
“Of course, it also comes down to hard work and good discipline too, but I could never do this for my own glory.
“My motivation isn’t to be the best CrossFit athlete there is. My motivation is to do it to the best of my ability because God gave me the opportunity and I love doing it. I’m just being obedient to what he’s called me to do.”
From iBelieve Magazine issue 75.