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Take The Shot

Posted: Saturday, January 9

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 20:1-22:24
Matthew 7:15-29
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 2:16-22 


Verse of the day:

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. (Matthew 7:24)

My high school math teacher was also the varsity basketball coach.  He would tell us in class that if we wanted to be successful on tests, we had to practice working equations.  To simply watch him do the equations would be like trying to improve the basketball team’s free throws by players watching the coach take shots from the line during practice.



Instruction can be the best in the world, but at some point the math student needs to solve the equation and the basketball player needs to take the shot.



This coach’s wisdom illustrates a biblical truth that is all too common, all too real and far more important in many of our lives.  



We hear or read a biblical truth and know there is a practical application.  We even know that our lives would be better and more in line with Christ if we took action on that application.  Yet, many of us stop short of following through.  We set aside and soon forget a commitment made at the altar minutes after leaving church.



Jesus said, “everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock" (Matthew 7:24 NIV).



There is a big ‘and’ in Christ’s instructions.  Followers are to hear His words and put them into practice.  



Jesus said it is “foolish” to listen and do nothing.  Our solid footing comes from taking action, not just soaking in the message.



The basketball player is not going to make every free throw, but they will likely get more accurate over time.  The math student will not get the correct result every time, but practice will improve their ability to solve equations.



The outcome is rarely a sure thing, yet that should not stop of us from stepping out in faith.  In fact, a sure outcome would not require any faith at all.  If God’s Word in the Bible is telling you to do something today, take the shot.