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Coaches and Referees

Posted: August 11, 2010 in Discipleship

I was watching a video of Kris Vallotton in which he basically said, “If prophets had to give an account to somebody, what kind of prophetic words would they give?” That is a great question! He mentioned how the prophetic seems to have no referees and no coaches. There is nobody judging the prophetic and nobody coaching it.

Likewise this could be taken for any Christian. If you had to give an account to somebody, what kind of life would you live? It also seems like Christians have no coaches or referees. We go around doing whatever we want (no coaches) and complain about what other people are doing (no referees). It kind of reminds me of kids playing a game where they are constantly making up new “rules” so they can play how they want to their advantage and not play according to any rules.

Sometimes we focus on the referee to tell us what we did wrong but ignore the coach who is trying to tell us to shoot the ball! If all we do is avoid going out of bounds or committing a foul we have lost our commission. We are commissioned to make disciples, to preach the gospel, to heal the sick, to cast out demons, and to raise the dead. We do our commission better when we don’t go out of bounds or commit fouls, but it is pointless to abandon the commission so we can play it safe.