Pastor Brent has been binge watching March Madness. As he watched many games, it was evident that the teams with sound fundamentals were the most successful.
As Christians, we have been given victory through Jesus Christ. However, we need to make sure that we are walking in the victory that has been given to us. We can do this by moving our feet, getting our hands up and following through.
Move Your Feet
The number one fundamental in basketball is to move your feet. Likewise, in our faith, we must get up and do something!
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Eph. 6:14-15
We need to be ready to share the Word of God with those around us, so we must DAILY be in the Word ourselves! Meditate on Scripture – God gave it to us to guide and protect us.
Get Your Hands Up
The next basketball fundamental is to keep your hands up, so you can be ready to catch the ball or block the ball at any time.
“I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Ps 63:4
We absolutely need to be worshipping God. Raising our hands is also an act of surrender. We need to surrender our lives and choices to God. Just like a child raises his hands to be picked up, God will also pick us up as we surrender our lives to Him.
In basketball, follow through is crucial for a consistent shot. Follow through is defined as, “a continued act or task to fit its conclusion.”
In college basketball, the champion team’s school gets a big a trophy, which will sit in their display cabinet. Each player will get a very small medal. Then it is OVER for the season! Many players struggle after their season of victory is over. They thrived in the human recognition but that quickly fades.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 1 Cor 9:24-25
How different is the Christian life!! We have the crown of life, which is eternal!!!!! We always have something to look forward to…we will one day live in paradise with no more sorrow or grief.