November 13, 2017

By Paul J Banta

John 14:12 says, “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.” – The Message

As soccer coaches we are resolved to try harder to prove we can do it and no matter how hard no matter how hard we try, either we or someone still isn’t satisfied with our efforts. This leaves you often burned out, confused, disappointed, rejected and even turned off to letting life control you and not letting God be your measuring cup. Often what happens to you becomes not about focusing on what Jesus did on the cross taking over your life.

You can go out there and fake your spiritual life to your family, friends, and players, but until you know who you are 100% in Christ, just not saying it but living it and acting accordingly, you’ll stumble along believing that your acceptance with God is performance based. Our acceptance in this game with God is not based on your performance but relies on Christ working through you and Him performing through you.

Jesus loves you 100% unconditionally (you’ve got to work on this one) and His plan is always being committed to working for you and never against you if you are clearing doing your calling correctly.  That’s why He made you.  The best part is that the Lord doesn’t condemn you while He’s working with you for His loves goes deeper than you could ever imagine.  As a coach in this game, your task is not always easy, and I can tell you that He understands your rough edges, your temperament, your pride, your failings, your struggles, and so much more. You just can’t imagine how high His character love you allowing you to be forgiven day after day, year after year.

What’s your next move?