When someone tells me they cannot serve in the Upward Sports ministry because they don’t know anything about soccer (or basketball, or cheerleading depending on the season), I’m tempted to be frustrated or disappointed because I know better. I know that God can not only use people who don’t know a soccer ball from a
When someone tells me they cannot serve in the Upward ministry because they don’t know soccer, or basketball, or cheerleading, I’m tempted to be frustrated or disappointed because I see in that person what they don’t see in themselves. I see potential in them (and you, because it’s by divine appointment that you’re reading this). I see God working in marvelous ways to use you in ways you cannot even comprehend. I see value in the work you can offer the kingdom. I see the promise of future generations coming to know Christ through your actions, words,
When someone tells me they cannot serve in the Upward ministry because they don’t know soccer, or basketball, or cheerleading, I’m tempted to be frustrated or disappointed, but I think back to when God called me into this ministry and I see myself in you. I empathize with you because I remember the excuses I gave about not knowing basketball well enough, or not even liking it for that matter. I told Him I’m not a leader...not a public speaker...don’t have time...and a myriad of other reasons why I’m not qualified to serve in this way.
Listen, I get it. Change is hard. Stepping out onto the edge of our comfort zone is frightening. The mere thought of taking a step into the unknown can be paralyzing. But, you do get that that’s right where God wants us, right!? In fact, our spiritual maturity is dependent upon it! Our muscles don’t grow stronger physically unless we take them beyond their comfort zone. Our faith grows as we grow closer to God when we are outside our comfort zone, serving Him in ways we never imagined possible.
Our church family is full of people serving in multiple ministries. It’s not their time to step into this role. It’s yours!! Don’t be mistaken and think for one second that I’m saying “this role” is in Upward. I don’t know if God is calling you to serve the Upward ministry this soccer season — or this winter for basketball. What I do know is He’s calling you to serve! Maybe it’s not in the Upward ministry, and that’s okay by me...so long as you’re serving God somewhere and bearing the fruit of bringing lost souls to Christ. There’s a reason you are still alive—God has a purpose for you! I trust you’re not content to be a lukewarm follower of Christ, for there is no room in the kingdom of heaven for lukewarm followers (Revelation 3:14-16; Matthew 7:20-25).
Make no mistake...God wants you uncomfortable and serving in ways you don’t think are possible. My whole purpose in writing this is to honor God in what I believe He wants me to say to you...that it’s time to get off the bench — and out of the pew — and go meet God in the mission field where souls are hanging in the balance of an eternal destination — either with Him or separated from Him. Where is your mission field? Will you rise to the occasion and go? (2 Timothy 4:3-5).