The Greatest Bottom Line

“To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen.“ 2 Peter 3:18

We all need a good bottom line. It gets us beyond all the distractions. It settles our thinking when all sorts of things vie for our attention. It moves away the clutter. It lifts the haze. It clarifies. It doesn’t let us drown in the sea of everything else. It sheds true light. It brings the power of one thing to center stage and eliminates all the rest. It is the most powerful soliloquy there is. 

Athletes need one. Teams need one. Students need one. Coaches need one. Businessmen need one. Families need one. Churches need one. Communities need one. Rulers need one. Nations need one. The living and the dying need one. Men and women need one. The whole world needs one.

Do you know what it is? The book of 2 Peter closes by highlighting life’s greatest bottom line. 

It’s not me. 

Not us. 

It’s this: 

God’s glory. 

Yep. That’s it. 

Bringing Him honor. 

Specifically Jesus. 

As the exact representation and fullness of God, the Father wants our bottom line worship routing this way, towards Christ, to honor the Son. 

And a role of the Holy Spirit is to prompt this bottom line playing out in us. 

Our bottom line why, chief purpose and maximum motivation is found here: God’s glory in Christ. Any other bottom line you and I rest on is not the bottom line. It will cave in on us eventually. It’s not built to handle the weight. Only His glory is. 

And may I remind you that there’s an urgency at play here? Scripture says to do it now. And forever. So stop and drop anchor around this. Download it for a lifetime. No delay. 

We were made for worship. His! Everything we say and do is to reflect this somehow. So give Him the honor due his Name now and forever. That’s the bottom line.

May I ask…

  • Is your life’s biggest bottom line bringing Him glory now? Trending faithfully towards forever?
  • Are you better at stealing glory or giving it? Which one is your default setting?
  • Where could God’s glory be more evident in your bottom line living?

Father, thank you for giving us such a clear, selfless, powerful bottom line in Jesus. May this play out in all I say and do today through the power of your Spirit, now and forever! Amen

Bottom line living, love, and prayers,

Coach Mo

Two Things We All Want

“How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?” John 5:44

Two things we all want are praise and validation. Being affirmed, as having what it takes, is important. The trick is to get those things the right way, to make sure the right voice(s) are weighing in. 

Jesus gives us three great clues as to how to do this:

1. DON’T CREATE YOUR OWN PRAISE. No fishing for compliments. It’s tempting but not wise. Bragging about yourself backfires. It works against the praise you seek. Self-generated praise is not valid, just vain. Heed Jesus’s words: “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid.” (John 5:31)*

2. DON’T ACCEPT THE PRAISE OF MEN. It makes you settle for less than the best. That kind of praise comes back to bite because it is consistently fickle and fleeting. It skews reality and becomes addicting. Heed Jesus’s words instead: “I do not accept praise from men.” (John 5:41)

3. GET IT FROM GOD. Seek His praise. Let Him validate you by His word, through His spirit. Take aim at His approval above all (Audience of One). Jesus suggests that pursuing other praise diets will drown out God’s voice in our lives. Expect the greater reward, God’s reward. Get a “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master” from Him. (Matthew 25:21) 

Jesus clues us well because He’s like the finest of coaches. He will not seek praise to validate Himself, only to praise and validate others along the way. Having His Heavenly Father’s approval was, is, and always will be enough. (Do you believe this?) O may we function this same way. 

Pushing back…

  • You better at generating praise for yourself or the building up of others?
  • Are you addicted to man’s approval, dependent more than you care to admit on their praise and affirmations? 
  • Is social media getting too much playing time in your life? What adjustments might be necessary?
  • Who makes you feel most validated in life? Getting enough true messages that you have what it takes?

Sweet, strong Jesus, don’t let me become easily satisfied with the praise of men. I want Yours. Win the approval war that’s waged in me. Settle my heart and make me like You. Amen

No fear. 

Sound mind. 

One true voice. 

Coach Mo

*Bonus coverage: Notice Lebron’s self-pronounced GOAT reference:  https://youtu.be/87AIZBYuIXY How does it line up with what you just read? 

Bottom line: Identify what’s truly special but don’t self-exalt. Be sure to follow the coaching set forth in John 5 and Jeremiah 9:23-24. Memorize and practice these lines instead.

The End in Mind

“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” 2 Peter 3:11-12

Stephen Covey wrote a massive 20th century bestseller called ‘7 Habits of Highly Successful People’. The third habit he identifies is ‘Begin with the End in Mind’. All great missions, all great teams start and build from here. 

The Bible repeatedly talks about the end and asks us to live in light of it. That end includes coming judgment, the destruction of this world, the ushering in of another better one, and Christ’s catalytic return to set this brand new end in motion. 

God’s Word in 2 Peter 3:11-14 gives us a few pointers as to what living with the end in mind should look like. Here’s the picture: 

  • LIVING HOLY. This does not mean living perfect. It means living ‘set apart’ for special service to our Master. It means living for Him. 
  • LIVING GODLY. This means living like Jesus, imitating Him, patterning ‘your game’ after His. It means living like Him.
  • LOOKING FORWARD. This means anticipating His return – vigilant, ready, hopeful and hope-filled. It means living in the now but with an eye on eternity. It means living with Him always in view. 
  • GETTING BUSY. This means seizing and maximizing moments, pushing the tempo, making possessions matter and each day a masterpiece.  It means ‘speeding His return’ by not being spiritually lazy, casual, or indifferent. It means working hard for what matters most.  
  • BEING BLAMELESS. This means fighting off sin and receiving forgiveness when you do. It means living spotless before God and others, cleaning up the relational messes you make. It means keeping yourself clean. 
  • EXPERIENCING PEACE.  This means forging a great relationship with God and maintaining it. It means close friendship, committed to being on great terms with Him consistently. 

May I ask… How well are you living with the end in mind? Of the six pointers scripture mentions here, where could you use some tightening up?

LORD, thank you for making the end game clear and showing us how to live in light of this. You don’t leave us guessing on either front. All other religions and worldviews do. I love You for this!

Keep future, eternal realities ever before me. Don’t let me get numb to this. I want to live with the end in mind…just like Jesus. Spirit of God, help me make this habit. For Your glory and my joy and peace. Amen 

Be strong. 

Stand for truth. 

Live for eternity. 

Coach Mo

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