Last night I played basketball for the first time in a long time. My legs are offering testimony to support my claim! Most of the guys we were playing with were young and in decent shape and the play was pretty fast paced. I've noticed that when you play in an unorganized fashion that there are certain predictable patterns which emerge: 1. The older guy don't hustle back on defense very often, 2. as the games wear on there are more 3 pointers shot, and 3. there is always someone who doesn't like to pass. These last characters I call "Jordan". Jordan wants to take the shot, drive the lane against three opponents, and not pass the ball to his 4 wide open teammates. (Except the real Jordan actually made those shots!) The predictable result? Missed shots and disgruntled teammates.
This is a great metaphor for the Christian. When God picked teams he put us on his team: the church. As part of that team, we have people to help us carry the load. People waiting and wanting to help when we are in triple coverage. But many of us act as though we're a one man show; we refuse to even acknowledge that there are people waiting to help us. So what? The result is we miss the shots we have. We fail. We flounder. We look ridiculous. We're not helping our team and not letting them help us. Why are we like that? Pride. Arrogance. Lack of experience perhaps. Busyness. Shame. You name it. But does any of that matter. 1 Corinthians 12:18-21 says:
"But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it
had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need
you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
What's that mean? Pass the ball Jordan.
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Deut 1-2