Today and tomorrow my oldest son is busy in college basketball workouts; the old coach in me obviously had a bit of advice for him… when in the drills get to the hole as fast as you can and finish with authority. I reminded him that college coaches will not be impressed by a Harlem Globetrotters dribbling routine but will want efficiency of movement and time…
That intro is to prepare for this week’s devotion where I am going to get straight to the point (partially because it is efficient and partially because I am exhausted from a long travel weekend of speaking engagements.)
Yesterday as I was sharing God’s Playbook with a couple churches in St Louis I reminded them that God wants Game Changers, not just practice players. The idea stems from the times I sat on the sidelines scouting an opponent before tip-off of a game. Certain players stood out as great shooters or great athletes in warm-ups, only to fall flat during actual game play. They looked the part but then when the lights came on didn’t produce…
Unfortunately many in our churches are that way. We dress up good and play the part well within the safety of the walls of the church but when we step onto the court of life fall flat. Is you r Monday as worshipful as your Sunday? Is your attitude as good outside of the church as it is in the church?
The fact is there are numerous places where we are encouraged to have our “walk” to be “worthy of our calling.” (e.g. Eph 4:1)
What is our calling? It is to be Game Changers! To make a difference in life! To be active with the Great Commission!
You know the plan – go preach the Gospel and make disciples! (Matt 28 / Mk 16)
1 Thess 2:4 tells us that we have been approved and entrusted to share the Gospel ; in other words we have been given a stewardship of sharing.
1 Cor 4:2 tells us to be “faithful” stewards of this entrusted Gospel message.
And 2 Cor 9 reminds us that even when we can’t be the ones to go we should be one’s to give financially – and give cheerfully …
Difference makers (or Game Changers) have committed to a “Give and Go” offense!
Again let me encourage you to be a Game Changer… not just a practice player!