January 14, 2019

By Paul J. Banta

Philippians 2:6-8 says, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross.” – NLT

Jesus Christ was “The Very Same Type of Person as God” Philippians 2:6 says, “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. He left heaven to become a man. Here on earth, He lived and played ‘The Game of Human Life’ for His Father in full submission to the plans God had for Him. This was with no restrictions or conditions. He had to do what God told Him, and He listens to the Father.

Jesus gave God complete control over everything He did and held nothing back and this, in the end, was His life, which He sacrificed on a cross for our sakes. Jesus did this because He had perfect trust in the One who sent Him. For example, He knew that the Father’s had control of Him, and no one could stop God’s plans, that God’s decisions were right, for they are based on divine love, mercy, and justice.

If we coach unconditionally for God, His plans always take into account what is best for us and those on our team. Just as Jesus obeyed to bring glory to the Father’s name (John 17:4), we have to be committed to doing soccer the same way with an unconditional surrender to God’s commands. This means we give up control over all areas of our life and allow His design for us to happen so we can serve Him.

We may have to let go of anything we love and that we want rather than what He wants. When we submit everything, we do it to God’s authority and what the Bible says. We declare our trust in Him and our willingness to accept whatever He sends our ways. We see the wins, losses, championships, good health, severe injuries or bad training sessions, or whatever the case may be as part of the race to glorify the Father, grow in Christ-likeness, and receive the Lord’s favor helping Him change lives.

Let’s coach the game of soccer and the Game of Life unconditionally. God wants you to serve Him beyond the sphere of your reasoning. What He has planned for you is inconceivable and not with any of our logic can we see what He will do through us. So, stop thinking about whether you can do this or that by your abilities and start focusing on what God can do through you. Surrender your efforts letting Him take completely over watch positive things begin to happen.

What’s your next move?