Have you ever made a decision, that looking back at your life, you realize was truly life changing? That decision or two that in retrospect you see would have made you or did make you out to be a different person? Whenever ever asked, "what's your biggest regret in life?" my response was always "quitting football in 10th grade." I quit football after all of the off-season and summer training, going into my sophomore year of HS, as we were entering into football camp. I quit for two reasons: I did not like the head coach that I would have and, I think, I was intimidated by the upperclassmen. I still loved the game of football though, and I had the desire to walk-on at college and play. But, then I tore my ACL playing backyard football, then a little while later, pretty much shattered my ankle playing church softball. Looking back...I think God was protecting me. I feel that if I had played football through high-school and/or college, I would be a different person. I would act different, think different, and be different. I would not have spent nearly the same amount of time with my youth group or with the people who sharpened me. I would still be Kyle Henley-but (my guess) a more prideful, aggressive, less approachable Kyle Henley. God removed me from football and surrounded me with people who have helped shape me to be who I am today. I thank God for his Sovereignty in that.
Sovereign: Possessing supreme or ultimate power; there is no aspect of reality outside of God's ultimate control. I think that understanding God's Sovereignty more increases our confidence in spreading the Gospel. If you are confident in God, and confident in His Sovereign plan, then you should be confident in your opportunities to spread the Gospel. You see, whether you are-on JV, varsity, club, or travel....God has you on that team for a purpose (whether you like it or not). God has given you those talents and skills to be on that specific team. So THAT is your mission field. You are there to spread Christ's Love and proclaim the Gospel.
Matthew 18:18-20- 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
The Great Commission. I have read this verse so many times, but this time God opened my eyes to a new way of seeing this verse:
1. He is Sovereign. 2. So spread the Gospel. 3. and trust that He is with you, always.
If we are understanding (or should I say trusting) His Sovereignty in where (physically, spiritually, emotionally, etc.) he has us, then we can be rest assured in following His command of making disciples, and we can be rest assured that He is with us, thus instilling more confidence in us. Nothing is more reassuring than when we have the opportunity to tell someone about Jesus. Like, I have never told someone about Jesus, then thought "Maybe I wasn't supposed to be at that game tonight." Contrary. Every time we tell someone about Jesus, we feel so confident in God's timing and that we were supposed to be where we were in that moment. We say that we felt God was with us. But, God never stops being Sovereign. His timing never stops being perfect. We just don't always trust that God has us at specific moments in time for a reason. For His Will.
Just to hammer the point in, lets look at it like this: If I understand God's Sovereignty, then I can trust that he has me at the WaWa in Gilbertsville at 1:38 PM standing in line for a reason. So, if I can know confidently that God is Sovereign, and I know that we are to glorify God in everything we do. Then I should be confident in knowing that I have an opportunity somewhere to show ot tell of Christ's Love to someone there.
So, why don't we step out more? Why don't we cling to God's Sovereignty so tightly that His Words just flow from our mouths all the time, every where we go? If we miss this. If we miss who God is...Then we are missing the whole point of being a Disciple of Christ.
You are on a team, striving to be good at your sport because that is where God has you. And God has you on the team for a specific purpose. Look at your team and see how you can serve them. And serve them like crazy. Love them like crazy. And may the Gospel be evident in us.
When beyond our understanding
You're teaching us to trust
Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You're with us in the fire and the flood
You're faithful forever
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us
Sovereign Over Us- Michael W. Smith
Shane and Shane version- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl9a7sE4bcM