There’s nothing quite as courageous as when a player takes a hit from the opposition that gives his team mate the space to escape the congestion and hit the score board.
A good coach will prepare his players to give everything they’ve got and be willing to do whatever it takes to see his team win the game. Although each player will play a unique role, as they step over the white line, every one prepares themselves for whatever cost may be required of them to win the prize.
When it comes to following Jesus, there is also a potentially great cost that always accompanies any worthwhile adventure.
Jesus asked Peter, one of His closest friends if he would join the ‘adventure’ and feed His sheep:
‘Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, I love you.” [Then] Jesus said, “Feed my sheep” – John 21:17 (NIV)
Although it sounded great in that moment, the truth is that it wouldn’t be easy. Before following Jesus, this larrikin fisherman did whatever he wanted – however Jesus began to reveal that living for Him would ultimately cost him his life:
“When you were younger you [did whatever] you wanted; but when you are old… someone else will… lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God’ (21:18)
Peter was on of the courageous ones who stepped onto the field with a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude to see God glorified in His life . As a result of this courage, he and his friends went on to turn the world upside down in a single generation – bringing the hope of Jesus to the darkest places on the planet!
If this was possible with 11 young people, imagine what would be possible if all of Jesus followers stepped over the threshold of their doorway with a courageous ‘whatever it takes’ attitude!
We would no longer be bound or silenced by fear of the opposition or what others may think. We would hold up the flame of selfless love and see the power of God invade our schools, workplaces, and families.
As you step over the white line, arm yourself to carry whatever cost is required to see the love and power of God released to those in your world today!