I remember playing pickup basketball when I was a kid. Guys would usually “shoot for teams” – until the shooting went on and on for 20 minutes ‘cause nobody could make a free-throw… then we’d start selecting players using the team captain approach.
As the games got underway, new guys would show up and get assigned to a team.
I don’t know why, but it seemed like the last guy to show up was always Kobe Bryant… or some kid who was Kobe-tall and had Kobe-skills.
Here’s the deal: whichever team “Kobe” got assigned to always won. If he was on my team, we won. If he was on the other team, they won.
It really wasn’t fair. It was just the Kobe-reality.
This brings me to my point: grace isn’t fair. It’s the undeserved, unmerited favor of God in your life.
When grace shows up in your life, it’s not fair… but the scales just got slammed down in your favor. Victory is guaranteed.
“Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8.37 NLT)
How the game of life started out for you does not predict how it will end.
Maybe you couldn’t make a free-throw to get into the game. Maybe you were the last pick: “I guess we’ll take that kid”. Maybe you feel like you deserve to lose…
What you deserve really isn’t the issue – Jesus is!
It’s not fair. That’s grace.
I am who I am not because of anything special about me. I don’t have any Kobe-skills.
I am who I am because of grace.
“Because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste.”
(1 Corinthians 15.10 MSG)
Look, if you have Kobe on your team, enjoy the game, savor the win and celebrate like a champion!
Don’t let God’s grace go to waste.
You’ve been given something sooooooooo wonderful.
Enjoy. Savor. Celebrate.