Monday, August 23, 2010

August 23, 2010 - A Player's Heart

What is required of players? - Being on time to practice; giving maximum effort; listening to the coaches; etc. Every coach has a list of expectations for players.

In the Christian world we have far too often keyed on the very specific rules that God has set forth (or in some cases we have set forth) as our guidelines or expectations. Yet that is far too simplistic of an approach.

As a coach I look for attitudes as much as aptitudes. I want players that give maximum effort with maximum respect and dedication. I try to measure the heart.

I think that is what Jesus was saying when He summed up the Law with “loving God and loving others.” That is basically what is stated in Micah 6:8. The verse states point blank what “the Lord requires” of us:

Act justly! (Be fair in your dealings with others. Do what is right.)
Love mercy! (Be forgiving and kind to others.)
Walk humbly with your God! (Realize who you are before the Almighty, Holy God!)

God measures the heart based upon our love for Him and others.

21 Would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart. (Psalm 44)

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