by Stan Mitchell
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12).
In the Athens Olympics of 2004 the USA basketball team won a mere bronze medal. This year in Beijing they rectified the mistakes of that sorry performance. In Athens they were thoroughly outplayed by the team from Argentina. Twelve NBA players were beaten by the two on the Argentine team. Twelve individuals beaten by a team. Is beating the US in basketball like the Swiss making the third best watch in the world, or a Yugoslavian singer winning the best Country and Western song of the year?
How did this happen?
The Argentinean players ran the lanes and crashed the boards, passed and moved without the ball; they played team basketball. The US players were the best in the world – the most talented, most athletic, most spectacular individuals to enter the games.
So how could this happen?
USA coach Larry Brown urged his men to “play the right way,” to play team ball, to make each other better. But they were already the best in the world, so what could a mere coach teach them?
That’s what happened. They were so good, so accomplished, that they didn’t need to learn a thing. It wasn’t a case of being unable to learn so much as being unwilling to be taught! You can’t teach a man who knows it all already!
The Bible, our “coaching manual,” will only help us if we feel we need its wisdom. It’s hard for God – our spiritual “coach” – to teach us if we think we have already “attained” perfection. Have you learned anything lately?
by Stan Mitchell