If you know me, even a little, you know I love soccer, or as we call it in England – ‘football’. I remember as a little kid playing every opportunity I could. I have played and coached in many places and with many teams. I have played with and coached players that went on to play for money (That was always my dream!!). I have seen amazing athletes and I have seen skillful players. I have found as I have coached that I could develop a player’s athletic ability and you can coach skill and technical development. But there is one trait that is more character driven. It is a coachable attitude. If a player has a coachable attitude they can grow quickly, but If they don’t have a coachable attitude it’s hard to move them forward at all.
A coachable attitude is so very important in our relationship with God. A coachable attitude could be called being humble, teachable and even broken. I am continuing to read through my new journal Bible series. (BTW love, love this resource – here’s a link – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1433562448/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1). I am working my way through James which is one of my favorite books. In James 1:22-25 we have a challenge: to be doers of the Word and not just a hearer. A doer is a producer. One who is active in response to what they hear. This passage compares a doer to a hearer. A hearer is passive, unresponsive to what they hear. One who listens but quickly forgets. The object driving the action is God’s Word. So as I read through this I asked myself ‘Am I coachable as I read God’s Word’, or ‘’am I simply going through the obligation to read my Bible each day?’
I ask you this question, knowing that this is a matter of the will. Are you a doer with what you have most recently read or heard from God’s Word?
Being a doer is an active action. It’s based on not allowing temptation, distraction or even day to day stuff get in the way of doing what God is teaching us and calling us to do.
As I think about being an active doer in my own life I think about a couple of practical steps that I would like to encourage you with:
- What is God teaching me and how am I applying that to my life?
- What is God calling me specifically to do today? What are God’s priorities? I thought about this and came up with three priorities in my life: Care – Communicate – Coach (My new upcoming role with T>NET)
- How am I depending on God today, knowing that apart from Him I can’t do anything?
Blog in a sentence: God is calling us to active action focused on Jesus, then the lure of my flesh and my enemy will only be a whisper.