When I train in basketball I spend a lot of time emphasizing preparation before one gets the ball. By that I mean a player has a responsibility to move without the ball to get open, or to get a teammate open; he needs to get his feet ready to catch and shoot; he needs to have his hands up and ready for his teammates to see he’s ready; etc. Basically a scorer’s work is often done before he ever touches the ball.
This preparation takes a lot of work and training. It requires a commitment to more than just shooting in order to be a total player.
We are often in the Christian life exhorted to share the Gospel – and we should be – that was the game plan given by Jesus Himself. (And please understand that “the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation” [see Romans 1:16] – so the following is simply to enhance the delivery!)
My encouragement to you is to make sure you are “moving without the ball.” By that I mean you should be training and living in a way that sets you up to “take the shots” with the Gospel.
Your testimony should be one that gets your “feet” ready to share the Gospel. (After all, “beautiful are the feet of him that brings good news...”[Isaiah 52:7]) If your testimony is out of line the hearer may focus on that instead of the Gospel message.
How do people view you? It is popular to say “who cares what people think.” Well the answer to that is that God does. He tells us throughout Scripture to make sure our testimonies are right.
Take inventory of your life today! Are you a “light”? Are you “salt”?
Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Are you moving without the ball?