Game Changers

17 Jun

This past Sunday I started a new sermon series at Freedom Life Church entitled Game Changers.  In this series I am outlining the characteristics we must develop in our lives as we seek to become change agents in our City.  As a former High School Basketball coach, I often times use coaching concepts in developing leaders, as well as with sermon illustrations.  And I am still a big fan of the game.  Tonight as I was watching the interviews following the Golden State Warriors’ victory in the NBA finals, I heard something that stood out to me.  Upon receiving the NBA finals MVP trophy, Andre Iguodala made a profound statement about one of his teammates.  He said, “when I grow up I want to be like Stephen Curry, a God fearing man…”  As usual the interviewer immediately diverted the attention, and tried to change the subject (talking about Jesus on such a large stage is intimidating to much of the media).  But in that quick moment I heard one of the characteristics of a true game changer.

A true game changer knows that he has a source that is greater than himself.  With a personal relationship with Christ, every game changer can tap into a resource of endless power and wisdom, to elevate their performance and be the change we want to see in the world.  The key to unlocking the source of God’s presence starts with the “fear of the Lord”. This is not a statement of being afraid of God, but rather having a reverence for, or honor of His presence in our lives.  It’s this honor that positions us for winning in life.  As James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

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