I’ve been watching the NBA finals this week so I’ve been in a bit of a basketball mindset when it comes to spiritual things. I was thinking about the criticism that Lebron James has been getting this week for not playing up to his abilities.
The superstar is known for taking over games and saving the day. However, during the finals Lebron appears not up to par. This got me thinking about how I approach Jesus.
Many times, I think of Jesus like Lebron James. I’m expecting him to take over in the fourth quarter and save the game single-handedly. Don’t get me wrong, Jesus is our savior and He saves us from our sins, but Jesus seems to be more interested in playing this game of life with us, not by Himself.
In the NBA there is an award for the Sixth Man. Generally, he is the best player who comes off the bench to help his team win. These guys aren’t starters nor are they superstars, but they play well enough to have an impact on their team resulting in wins and clutch performances.
I believe that God is calling more of us to be the sixth man, not the superstar. You don’t have to be the superstar preacher to make an impact in the kingdom of God, nor be sitting idle on the bench while the rest of the body of christ plays to win.
We need more people in the body of Christ to stand up and be the Sixth Man. More people who will get off the bench and stop expecting God to do everything. Jesus doesn’t need us to play. He could win the whole game single handedly, but He chooses to use you.
Jesus wants to pass you the ball. He wants to see you make the game winning shot, but he cant pass you the ball if you’re sitting on the bench.
It’s time to be the man or woman of God you were meant to be. Heads up, the balls coming you’re way!