The Memphis Grizzlies are the best team in the NBA. I didn’t say they were the most talented, elite, super starred dynasty team. I said they are the best team because they exhibit the qualities that are needed to function as a successful team or unit. The adjectives that could best describe the Grizzlies are unselfish, united, one goal focused, cooperative and encouraging of one another. They play “old school” basketball where the fundamentals of the game are performed on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. No one on the team demands for more touches of the ball or increased game time. No one demands more media attention through bizarre behavior on or off the court. They play what they call “grit and grind” basketball where no one is afraid to play hard the entire game. There are 15 active players on the Grizzlies’ roster. Some of those players see very little to no playing time but they still play their part of being with this team.
Jesus had a 12 man active roster for his team while he was here on earth. None of his “players” were super stars in their worldly endeavors and very seldom did they function as a successful team. They argued over who would be the “super star” on Jesus’ team in heaven.
Luke 22:24 24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. (NKJV)
They weren’t ready to grit and grind their way through tough times. When the crunch time and 4th quarter of Jesus life came, they all ran away in fear. Jesus wasn’t a coach who was hired by an owner and given a set of players that he did not chose. He chose these men and he knew all of their faults beforehand. The scouting report for his team did not bode too well for him obtaining success but he chose them anyway. The city of Memphis loves the Grizzlies. I think they love them because they can relate to them. The area around Memphis is not full of super stars and elite people. It is an area of mostly blue collar, hard working, and middle class “regular” people. It is hard to relate to elite superstars when you are an “average Joe”. I’m glad Jesus chose the screwed up bunch of misfits for his team because I can relate to that.
I have counseled with many men who struggle with sexual addiction and the residual effects of shame that this sin produces. They fear they will not be chosen or kicked off Jesus’ team because their scouting report shows how badly they have performed.
Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; (NKJV)
If we stopped at this verse we would all be all be kicked off Jesus’ team. But wait there is more.
Romans 3:23-24 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (NKJV)
Our redemption is through His Son and His works. None of us are worthy to be on God’s team. We wouldn’t even be invited to His try outs. Just like Jesus chose his team of 12 sinners long ago, he chooses, redeems and glorifies us today. If you believe today that you have exceeded God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness; then seek His Son and believe upon Him and His love. Your church may struggle with the issue of being elite superstars that the average Joe sinner can’t relate to and if that is the case refer back to Roman’s 3:10. Are you and your church ready to grit and grind your way through tough issues such as sexual sin or will you run away just like the disciples? Let’s follow the example of the Grizzlies and be the church that functions as the best team in the game of life.
David Jones, Executive Director Restoration Path