“Put Me in Coach”
Message Verses: Hebrews 12:1-3, Romans 8:1-4, James 1:2-4
Every male in this room has dreamed about playing in the NBA or some sort of “Professional Sport.” We dreamed about having our names in lights; the cheerleaders kissing on the cheeks; the crowd going wild as the announcer says our name; and dreamed about what we would do if we hit the game winning shot- should I drunk or go for the Three.
I believe that every female has dreamed about being Prom Queen their senior year. You dreamed about what you would wear; who you would go to the Prom with, how you would style your hair; and even how you would respond to your haters when you are crowned.
We all have had that dream of all eyes on us and everyone saying your name. For me it was being crowned Prom King after winning the City Champion game against my high school Rivals East.
I dreamed of hitting that "Buzzer Beat Three Pointer" at the last seconds of the Game.
I dreamed about looking like Billy Dee Williams in "Lady Sings the Blue" with a sweet baby soft comb-through with a Butterfly Collar so crisp that you could bounce a quarter off of it; but just like any dream something wakes me up and I'm reminded that it was a dream and that good dreams don't always come true.
Life Story: How can I look like Billy Dee Williams, talk like Billy Dee Williams, and act like Billy Dee Williams when I don't have any hair. Yo boy been going bald since I was 15; and there is no way I can grow long beautiful lushness hair overnight. I grew up in Memphis, TN to a mother who didn't want me and a father who couldn't spend the time that he wanted with me. I struggled in school for most of my childhood years and dealt with so much insecurity that I'm shocked that I'm standing before you today.
Nothing in my life was going right.
Doesn’t it seem like that when Coach finally puts you in the game or when you are finally crowned Prom Queen you don’t feel ready? Those lights that once welcomed you are now blinding you and seem to bright. That speech that you have been rehearsing day in and day out seems to fall flat and has no substance. Those plays that you once knew seem to now trip you up and make you second guess yourself; that dress that you dreamed about, fantasized about now that it is on seems to tight, makes you look fat, and even has a little tear on the seams.
What happened? That moment that you once dreamed of, waited your whole lifetime to do is the very thing causes you heartache. That moment that was once a pleasant dream has become a nightmare and all that you want to do is run away and hide.
You began to wonder or at least, I do wonder how did those before me make it look so good and easy? How did they accomplish so much and leave such a lasting impact? Did they cheat? Did the lair or did so kind of magic trick to fool our eyes?
How were they so successful?
It is the same way with God! Isn’t it funny that when the Lord finally calls you or answers your prayer that you aren’t ready! It’s a bad time. I’m still struggling with this sin! I’m still wondering how I’m going to make ends meet! How I’m going to make it to the doctor next week and now you call me! Serious God! Why now?
How did Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt? How did Noah build the ark? How did Rahab hid the spies? How? How? How?
How are they different from me?
Read Hebrews 12:1-3.
Those before us made it look easy because we were focusing on their strengths and not their weaknesses.
Provide a scripture reference to support this point: Hebrews 11:24-39
Supporting Scripture: Isaiah 53:1-5
Even Jesus had weakness. He came in the likeness of sinful man, Romans 8:1-4
He was not just called the “Son of God,” but also the “Son of Man”
He was tempted in every area like we are yet without sin, Hebrews 4:15, 16.
Moses was handle capped- insert scripture
Noah was a drunk- insert scripture
Rehab was ah, you know what she was- insert scripture
The only difference between you and them is one thing: They put time in or they practiced.
No one is born a great Christian overnight. They have to apply themselves, practice, go out and their live lives before men
Aretha Franklin didn’t become the Queen of Soul overnight. No! She practiced while everyone else was playing around.
Beyoncé didn’t become one of the best singers during my lifetime without rehearsing, drilling, fighting through the fatigue, and drinking milk before a concert.
Jesus didn’t let his fatigue stop him from going to the cross.
Moses didn’t allow his strutting problem keep him from going to Pharaoh.
Just like we should not let our shortcomings and sin keep us from getting in the game.
Each of them had a goal and they went after it with all that was within them.
God has called each of us to do something for him.
Like feeding people at the Love Chapel
Singing on the Praise Team.
Helping addicts and so on.
So, how do we do this? How do we feel comfortable when Coach or God asks us to do something for Him? How do we focus on the game and not our weakness?
First identify what is your dream? What has God put in your heart to do for him?
On your sheet of paper, I want you to list what your dream is
Draw a line down the middle of your page and on the left side, I want you to be what’s stopping you.
List everything that comes to mind of what is stopping you
These afflictions are what qualify you.
Jesus came in the likeness of sinful men to be a sin offering.
God can and will use your shortcomings to open doors for you that no man can shut.
We are called to be more than conquerors, Romans 8:35-39.
Read Philippians 4:4-8.
Second focus on what God has called you to do and how He wants you to do it.
This is our time as a church family to make a lasting impact on our city.
Pray for those who are afraid and for those who don’t know what to do next.
Close by saying this: Luke 4:16-18. Bless the People in the Lord