A new feature on Coaching Like Jesus. The goal is to post Scripture for you to read and corresponding thoughts related to coaching once a week. I’m shooting for Wednesday as publish day.
As I consider what it means to coach like Jesus, I also have to consider what it means to live and be like Jesus in all aspects of life. Coaching is not exempt from being Christ like, just like how all other areas of life are not exempt from being like Jesus. To best understand how to be and live like Jesus in all areas of life, including in our coaching, we have to turn to Jesus. A good place to turn to Jesus, and to learn to live like Him and be like Him, is the Bible.
I’m simply a companion on this journey, and the Holy Spirit is our constant guide and teacher. As your companion I will post Scripture for us to read, and then I will offer thoughts on the words we read as they relate to coaching and life. Feel free to interact with me as you have comments or questions.
I’m not going to cover the first couple of chapters from Matthew in this post, but encourage you to read them as you remember and perhaps familiarize yourself with the story of Jesus. In my first podcast I referenced Matthew 1-2, and considered what it means to be called and set apart as coaches, just like Jesus was called and set apart to do the ministry He did during His time on earth. Here is a link to the podcast.
As we get in to chapter 3 of the book of Matthew we come in contact with John the Baptist. John the Baptist’s role was to prepare people to receive the message of Christ when it was time for Jesus to being His ministry. Of course John also played a pivotal role in the life of Jesus as the one who baptized Jesus at the start of Jesus’ ministry.
John was a God bearer. He pointed other people to Jesus, understanding full well in humility that “it” wasn’t about him, and that his role was to help other people come to a place of being ready to accept Jesus. This is where, as coaches, we can be like John as we understand our role in the Kingdom of God. We, are also God bearers. As we live our lives and interact with the people God has instructed and called us to interact with we are to point other people to Jesus.
We understand that “it” is not about us, and that in humility we live our lives and function in a way that other people are drawn to God and a relationship with Him through Jesus. Essentially we are co-laborers with Christ as we take on this role of God-bearer desiring that all of those we interact with; assistant coaches, athletes, parents, fans, media, or school administration would be pointed towards God as they interact with us.
Some questions come to mind as we consider coaching as God-bearer?
- Does this mindset change the way I interact with my players and assistant coaches?
- Do we respect those under our care as potential fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?
- Is there anything in how we currently coach that we need to change or work on in order to better bear Christ to those around us?
Thanks for reading. May the Holy Spirit guide you as we study the life of Christ.