Rocks and Memorials

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Cultures often use rocks to memorialize things. * Rocks are piled over corpses to give the dead a simple home. * Rock-built (often-crossed) tombstones (paired with a small flag on days like today) honor fallen American heroes due to war.

Big rocks are placed and painted on college campuses to commemorate something noteworthy. * There is a great rock showcased beautifully inside the San Antonio Spurs practice facility. It helps tell a very special story that defines that sports franchise’s deep DNA. 

Here’s one more rock story. God gave His people an assignment. Take twelve great rocks from the middle of the Jordan River and pile them up together beyond its west banks to serve as a memorial. It was to signal the LORD’s faithfulness in parting those waters and bringing His people to their Promised Land. When generations to come would ask why the stones were piled up so obviously, people would tell this story of God‘s great deliverance and faithfulness.

May I ask… What all do you commemorate? How much does your memorializing include others? How do you consider Christ and celebrate His amazing faithfulness, sacrificial death, and abundant life-giving any given day?

LORD, I am in awe of your faithfulness. I treasure the sacrificial gift of your Son and unending presence of your Spirit. These are huge rocks to me. 
Help me to esteem others well, as better than myself, and bring You the full honor due your name in life and in death. Amen

“These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:7

Nothing detrimental. 

Bring honor to Christ.

Coach Mo

The Big Disqualifier

I asked two Hall of Fame basketball players independently what factor was most important to effective team leadership. Both said the same thing: congruence. By that they meant consistency between what is preached and what is actually lived out. There must be connection. 

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Indeed, nothing disqualifies a man’s leadership more than moments like these: 

* Saying you work hard but nobody really agrees. 

* Saying you’re a team player but functionally playing for yourself. 

* Saying you believe in tolerance but practicing intolerance of those who disagree with you. 

* Preaching a gospel that doesn’t line up with either what the Bible actually says or how one actually lives. 

And may I remind you that, when it comes to God, the stakes for congruent living grow way higher. The life He calls us to, according to 2 Peter 2:2, is termed “the way of truth”. Living an incongruent life to this not only erodes our leadership before men but also “brings the way of truth (itself) into disrepute”. In other words, for those of us who claim to know and follow Jesus, He gets a black eye when we live an incongruent, inconsistent life. He gets disrespected before a watching world when we operate outside the way of truth He gave us. 

Truth must become a way of life. It must be believed, not just known. It must be practiced, not just proclaimed. It must be consistent with the word of God. It must change our lives. Orthopraxy must attach to orthodoxy. Only then does truth become fully powerful and truly experienced. 

May I ask:

* Does the “way of truth” have your great attention? How well do you know it? Are you feeding on ‘weak stuff’ fed to you by false teachers? (Read all of 2 Peter 2 and 2 Timothy 2-4 for starters.)

* How big is the gap in you between knowing the truth and believing the truth? 

* Are people failing to follow God on account of you? Are you disqualifying your leadership of others by how you live?

LORD God Almighty, there is a way of truth. It’s You! Thank you for being so knowable through Your Son, Jesus. What a gift!

Help me not to put You in disrepute before men or disqualify myself from leading others by not knowing or believing ‘the way of truth’. Make me solid by your Spirit in holding to this game plan. I need You to coach me in congruence. For Your glory, my good, and satisfying wins. Amen

“…and bring the way of truth into disrepute.” 2 Peter 2:2

Be strong.

Stand for truth.

Live for eternity.

Coach Mo