Play 7

Part 3 of 5
By Pastor Dave

Open Man

            It is not about us!  We need to be looking ahead; one or two passes ahead.  There are good shooters in the game of basketball, but the great player can not only shoot but looks first to pass.  They are unselfish.  God has a lot to say about living our life unselfishly with humility.  When I coached, anytime we played a “one man team”, we won, because those teams are so one dimensional.  The first way to grow in this area is to think of others and not yourself.  A team is successful as each player looks to make his teammates better.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others (Philippians 2:4).

Open Spot

            One of the secrets in basketball is to know what to do when you do not have the ball.  You move to the open spot whether it is on offense or defense.  You fill the lane, position for the rebound, and fill the gap in the defense to be in a better place to help your team win.  Where am I at now, and where does God want me to move to in the future?  You may not know how the game will end but are you asking God, “Where do I move next when I do not have the ball and the spot light is not on me?”  If God were to pass you the ball, would you be in the right position where He could count on you?  Many Christians waste time standing around doing nothing.  Where are the gaps in your church you could fill?  Where are the needs in your community?  God may even show you an open spot on the mission field.  Go work in the vineyard.  And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us.  He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatever is right, that shall ye receive (Matthew 20:6, 7).   You say you do not know where the open spot is.  Ask God and He will show you!  Seek Him in prayer.  He will give you the desires to do what he wants you to do (Psalm 37:4; Philippians 2:13).

Open Shot

            Sometimes you are the one to take the shot.  Do not pass it up.  A player often passes an open shot because of lack of confidence, lack of practice, or fear of failure.  Like Charlie Brown, they do not want to be the goat.  Everyone misses sometimes, but an open shot not taken is a crying shame.  Most people die with the music inside of them because they had a chance to be used of God and they passed on it.  The purpose of teaching Christians how to think is so they can make a difference.  Did you ever think that God might want you to step up and take the shot?  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7).  I can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).

To be continued ………………..

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