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Get In The Game

This week, Parker talked about our call to get into the game. God is calling us to step up and take action, but we’re so afraid of the risk and the unknown, we stay in our bubble of comfort on the bench. We want to win without working. We want the end without the endurance. We want the payout without the progress. However, when we give into fear, we give up on love.

As humans, we’re experts in the excuse-making business. We’ll say anything to get out of doing things we don’t want to do. Through our doubts, we have to keep in mind the ultimate goal, the ultimate prize. If your values are shallow, your victories will be empty. The truth is, the Lord goes before you in all you do. Wherever you will go, He’s already there. Isaiah 30:21 says “whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘this is the way; walk in it.’”

There are many reasons you might feel like you’re not good enough to take to the court. There’s nothing you need that God can’t provide. Step out onto the court, and He will be there waiting for you. His game plan is perfect, and he’ll use your specific talents and abilities to bring Him glory.

Listed below are common things that keep basketball players on the bench, followed by what the Bible says.

When you feel like your skills don’t compare to others’ skills, refer to Job 42:2. Job says to the Lord, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

When you get scorched on defense, Psalm 118:14 says “the Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

When you get in the game, you’re tired after two minutes, read Exodus 33:14. “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

When you’re getting outmuscled under the boards, Nehemiah 8:10 says “do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

This week, I challenge you to answer your call to enter the game. Cling tightly to God’s Word during this time, for doubts will flood your mind easily. Recognize that Satan will heckling you from the sideline, and his voice sounds an awful lot like yours. Take a step of faith into the brokenness in front of you, and trust that God will take over from there. Turn your compassion to action this week.

Author: Myah Brown