God our Ultimate Coach
Faith in Jesus and having a relationship with Him is like being a part of a sports team, like hockey or football. How are they the same you might be thinking, well, to be good at it you need to practice.
In the world of sports there are many rules and regulations that are associated with the game. If you want to be a part of the team you have to agree to submit to those rules. The reason you do that is because you want to be a team player, you want to win and get the trophy and the recognition at the end of the season. You get so involved in the sport, that soon you find yourself watching every show you can about it, you collect all of the memorabilia for your favorite teams, and you know the names of all the stars on the team and the not so star players.
You may even have all of the necessary equipment that would help you to play the game. This is a constant reminder that you are a part of something bigger than just yourself. You may love the sport so much that you talk to your friends about and to any poor soul that is within ear shot.
The team also has one member who helps it to become better, that person is responsible for getting the team to it’s next big game, for winning at that game, for training the people up so that they are ready and prepared for the next big win. That person is the coach.
On some teams that coach is feared and hated, some coaches are a joke, some are strict but fair, but the underlying characteristic of the coach is to get the best out of the player on the team. It is a tough job, he has to yell, speak harshly, and constantly be giving direction so that the player understands what is expected of him.
Now our relationship with God is similar, but with God, He has definitely got the advantage over any coach. Oh yes you say, of course he does he is God, he knows all and sees all and the coach is just human. You are correct.
But, just as the coach’s main job is to get the best out of the player on his team, God wants you to realize that you have been given everything by him when you were born to be able to perform to the best of your ability, throughout your life.
2 Peter 1: 3-4
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Wow, what a concept.
God has given you everything you need to live a godly life. He has placed strengths and desires and dreams and gifts in you that fit you so perfectly, because he as a part for you to play on his team. He is the ultimate coach. Unlike the human coach who can only show and direct you to the potential inside of you, God placed that potential there and is so excited when we tap into it, believe it and work in that potential.
He knows you intimately; therefore he knows what you will enjoy doing the best. The wonderful thing about God is that he does not stand on the side lines, screaming orders at us; he is involved in the game.
He is involved with how we live our lives, the choices that we make, the things that hurt us, he is there, holding us and when something happens that make us grow, he is there rejoicing alongside us.
He often uses other members of the body to speak the truth that he wants us to know, to us. They are often kind of like coaches in our lives as well.
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
As I was growing up, I believed many about my identity and the things that I was capable of, and even though my parents tried to encourage me in the truth, and show me my potential, I did not believe them.
One of the lies that I believed and which ended up holding me in bondage for way to long was that my strong personality was a hindrance, and I should not be so assertive.
I tried instead to be someone that I wasn’t, I tried the timid route, I tried to not be assertive with my thoughts and opinions about anything. I found myself in a position where I could not even make any choices for myself, instead I allowed everyone around me to make choices for me that where not always in my best interest.
The result of believing all of those lies for such a long time was that I found myself in a self made prison. It was devastating for me as a person not to be able to really use my God given gifts in a way that would impact others around me. I found myself floundering as I did not have the self confidence to believe that I had anything of any value to offer anyone.
As you can see, I had not really taken to heart the verses found in 2 Peter 1, where the apostle Peter is telling us as believers that God has given us everything that we need to live godly lives. We do not lack anything; we truly do have everything that we need to manage in this life.
During this time, God created in me a deep hunger for his word, I read it every chance I could and started to learn to model my life after that. I realized after a while that what he was teaching me was so important that others needed to learn these truths too. But because of my faulty belief system of what I was capable of doing and being, I kept silent. Sometimes I would venture out of my little prison and share a truth that I had learnt, and sometimes it was received well by people and other times not so well. I believed the not so well part and retreated often into my prison again.
But God is gracious and in his great love for me and mercy for me, he has shown me how to break out of that prison, by allowing me to realize that all of those things in my personality that I thought that I had to hide, he put there so that it would benefit the kingdom of God.
God set about breaking my belief system about who I believed that I was, he changed my heart to accept the truth of his words. I did have to ask him to forgive me for believing those lies, and realize that those lies where sown by the enemy to keep me from fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for my life.
I want to encourage you today, to allow God who is the ultimate coach to train you through his Holy Spirit to be all that he has purposed for you to be. If you find that the enemy has lied to you about who you are and what you have been called to do, then there is no time like the present to ask him to come in and help you to change your belief system.
He wants you to know, that he has equipped you to do all that he asks you to do. There is nothing that he requires of you that you have to do in a state of unpreparedness.
Not only has he prepared you, but he stays with you through his Holy Spirit and he gives you the full assurance that whatever you put your hand to he will give you the strength, power and ability to do.
Take a chance today, and take him up on his offer, let him show you the wonders of all that he has prepared for you today. He will not let you down.