The following is in response to an article, "Coach's Dream," I read in the Peninsula Clarion on Feb. 17. I was captivated by some parallel thoughts concerning our response to God's coaching of his children.
We are all born into this world with a sinful, selfish nature and become dead in sin.
For those who have been saved, born again by grace through faith in the sinless life, voluntary sacrifice and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, he becomes the coach directing and empowering us through his Holy Spirit.
Quotes from coach Ward Romans: First, "She's just a blessing to coach. She's always had a tremendous amount of faith in what we are trying to do as coaches. That made her extremely coachable."
Second, "She doesn't have to have the limelight. She's really happy for her teammates when they get the limelight."
Summing up his other comments, "She is a real team player."
It was implied that she plays by the rules and seeks to achieve the team goals.
Now, to compare our response to God.
First, we must have faith in what God is trying to do to us, in us and through us.
At our new second and spiritual birth we are made alive as new creations in Christ. Our sins are forgiven in the past, present and future. From his eternal and judicial point of view, God sees us as without blame before him in love. Ephesians 1:3-4.
Romans 8:1-2 (ASV) 1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1-2 (ASV) 2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death."
We are set free from guilt, shame and condemnation since Christ bore all that for us on the cross.
When we come to Christ, repentance is involved. That is to recognize that we are sinners by birth and by choice, helplessly lost with nothing to offer God to merit eternal life in heaven.
Repentance further involves the determination to turn from our sins and live righteously for God. Recognizing that we are powerless to do that, we surrender to and receive Jesus Christ to fill us with his Holy Spirit to live his life in and through us, giving power and direction to live a Christian life.
Now we come to the being coachable comparison. How does this work in daily living?
On a daily basis, we must read, study and meditate in God's word, the Bible, having first prayed, asking God by his Holy Spirit to reveal to us not only what his word says but what it really means.
We must develop and cultivate a communication or fellowship with the Holy Spirit so that we become sensitive to, aware of and responsive to him.
Romans 8:14-16 (ASV), "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God."
The still small voice, the yea or nay, of the Holy Spirit will give us instructions and directions along with the power to carry them out in daily living.
It is fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and our obedient response to him the coach that will transform us into the likeness of Christ who is sinless and unselfish. That is God's goal, the team goal for all Christians.
We are born again as babes in Christ with little knowledge or wisdom to battle our old sinful nature, the world and Satan.
As we new creations grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior through his word and by walking in the Spirit we are transformed, maturing bit by bit, to become more and more like God's eternal and judicial view of us, Holy and without blame before him in love.
Lee E. Scaggs is a retired pastor living in Sterling. He is teaching a Bible class on the book of Romans at 1 p.m. each Friday at the Sterling Senior Center. The emphasis is on the love and grace of God. For more information, call 262-9719.
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