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No bench players

February 26, 2007

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When I was a senior in high school, the basketball team I was on won the state championship.  I still have splinters from my time on the bench, (it was wooden not aluminum) but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. 

Our team was good.  We had a great combination of size, speed, athleticism, and heart.  Looking back though, the reason why we won the state championship was my encouragement from the sidelines.  Just kidding.  The reason why we won state had everything to do with the coach.  He knew our strengths, he knew our weaknesses, and he knew exactly what we had to do to win.  He also knew the other team’s strengths and weaknesses, and how to maximize the others guys weaknesses and use those against them.

Your life is not a game…its more like war!  There are two sides, and there are two “coaches”.   One is bent on your destruction.  In any way possible, he wants you to experience hell.  He knows your weaknesses, knows what makes you tick, knows your ruts, your habits, and he is constantly at work attempting to bring YOU down by any means possible.

The other is bent on your salvation.  He has laid down His life for you to experience Heaven.   He has more power and more wisdom than the other coach.  And in the end, His team wins it all.  He doesn’t demand you play for Him though.  He gives you the choice to play for the other guy.  We play for the other guy any time we live for ourselves and not God.

Is this just a normal day, a normal week?  No.  Never.   That’s the strategy of the other coach, and its one I get caught up in often.   Every day means something.  Every moment is an eternal moment, with eternal consequences.  And you are a key player with a key role.  There are no bench players.

Don’t believe me?

Ephesians 6…

   10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[c] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

   13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[d] 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[e] 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

   18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.[f]

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2 comments

  1. It’s hard to remember this in the dailyness of raising these wonderful 5 kids..but in reality I think my calling to do this job is one of the highest there is. Thanks for the reminder to consider wiping poopy bottoms an eternal moment. =)


  2. Always love the sports analogy Jay. Often when strong teams play weaker teams, they will play at their level. Satan has that game-plan in full stride.



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