But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
Expanded Passage: Romans 5:8
We stood around, a hodgepodge of ninth-grade girls wanting to try out for the basketball team. Some were tall and gangly, others short and sturdy, some athletic, others mostly just willing. Basketball season was approaching, and the coach closely observed the “raw talent” with which she had to work.
She hadn’t seen any of us play. There hadn’t been an eighth-grade team for her to scout or for us to join. We were strangers hoping to form a team and win a game or two. Most of us had no idea what was in store for us.
The coach did.
She began to instill in us her love for basketball. By sacrificing her time and sharing her knowledge, she began to reveal and develop our skills. She discipled us, through ongoing encouragement and correction, into a team that won the season championship. Because of her, we were winners.
God’s kingdom contains a hodgepodge of people through which, upon acceptance of Christ as Savior, he builds a victorious team.
Because God loves us so much, he sent us a Savior who sacrificed his life for us. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, death cannot defeat us. Because of Christ, it is possible for each of us to win, to live, forever.
We will finish our season on earth winners, with rewards beyond our comprehension. Trust and follow Christ, the ultimate coach.
Consider whom you might invest time and energy in discipling.
Janelle Vernon serves The Wesleyan Church as executive director of Communication and Administration, general secretary, and publisher for Wesleyan Publishing House.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.