One of the great things about planting a new church is all the new people I get to meet. A few weeks ago I got the chance to sit down with Geoff Wybrow and Jim Falk of LAM Ministries in Broad Ripple. Geoff threw out a challenging analogy as we launch into these new church building waters:
God is calling you straight from “high school basketball” to the pros. When you were in high school, you could get away with some handicaps…not dribbling well to your left, poor mechanics in your jump shot, being a little slow on defense. But in the pros, those things will kill you. You’ve got to fix them, spend some time on them, or you’ll never make it at this new level.
Same for all of us. As God calls us higher, those little things we could easily compensate for as an “ameteur” become magnified issues we must confront and deal with. Little insecurities, unbridled frustrations, masked selfishness, unchecked temptations. No more letting those things go. Time to cut them out. Learn to play like a pro.
God’s call for all of us is radical discipleship. That requires change…growth. So what handicap have you been making excuses for? Time to sharpen up. The Pro is calling.