The great Michael Jordan was without a doubt the greatest basketball player of the current time (at least my opinion). He has won championships, played games with the flu, and taken thousands of shots. As great a Michael was he was never satisfied with his performance. As an athlete, he was always working to make his game better. In other words, he was not perfect nor did he claim to be. Jordan was a work in progress. As believers in Christ, we are also under construction. But unlike Jordan who relied upon his physical abilities to help him achieve greatness we have the assurance of Scripture that God will finish what he has started in each of us.
The apostle Paul tells us that we can be “confident” that the Lord is at hand and is on the move in our lives. The day that we accepted Jesus Christ he never promised us a life free from issues and struggles. In fact in John 16:33, he tells us that we will face trouble in the earth. But he goes on to say that we can take faith in knowing that HE alone has overcome the world being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
God loves us the way we are but loves us too much to leave us the way that we are. So we should anticipate that throughout life we have got a lot of things to work on and through. And in those things, we can be confident that the Lord Jesus will there with us shadowing us and helping us to become more like Jesus Christ. There is a transformation that has to take place and in that we will grow but with growth comes setbacks. Michael Jordan failed more times than he had victory, but with Jesus, he is our victor and our victory does not depend on anything that can or will do. Our perfection is made perfect in Jesus Christ. Jesus was and still is our finished product and our job is to become more like him.
So today, I want to encourage you to be like Michael Jordan in taking risks, and then recognizing that we need to change and grow in Christlikeness. So begin by looking at your game and pray like King David and ask God to reveal any wickedness or sinfulness in our lives and show us how to change and grow. He will reveal it to you. So set your bar high in life, look to be more like Jesus every day and in the end it will not be a championship ring that you acquire but a life of eternal peace and rest.
Remember that Brenda and I love you and God does too. He loves you, the real you, the you that we hide, and HE is there wanting to welcome you into his arms.