More is Less

I stole the ball at the top of the key and dribbled as fast as I could to the other end of the court.  I passed the ball off to Derrick and he made the shot (he was awesome).  Unfortunately, I had to concentrate so much on dribbling that I could not lift my head to see what was in front of me.  It was a guy from the other team.  He was big.  We both fell down when I plowed into him.  For those of you who may have a question, yes, that is a foul.  No points awarded for my dribbling or Derrick’s shot.

I was an expert at one thing on the court: rebounding.  I could move the ball a bit, but not that much and certainly not under pressure.

Two things were true:  If I was moving the ball down the court, we were not making points.  If I was in rebound mode, we got the ball and made plenty of points.  

We won a lot of games, but never because of my dribbling skills.

It seems to me as though the church needs to remember it’s expertise.

The church helps society, but we are not experts on social issues.

The church feeds people, but we are not experts at food.

The church helps strengthen marriages, but we are not experts at marriage.

The church provides coffee every Sunday, but we are not experts at coffee.

There is nothing wrong with these things, in fact I think they are good.  Jesus is the expert at all of them (Yes, I think He is the expert at coffee).  

I wonder if we have gotten so consumed with doing things outside of our expertise that we find we can no longer call ourselves experts at the one thing that matters.

Jesus, let me be an expert at introducing people to You.  I do not wish to lose focus on the One True God or Your mission for me.

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