And this has application for the Christ follower. The church. Let me explain.
The Humility Factor
LeBron James. I have not been a fan of his for a few reasons. First, I’ve kind of lost my passion for basketball. The NBA seemed to get bogged down with drama 2-3 years ago. I took a break, but I’ve checked back in. Second. LeBron is not my kind of player. He’s not the finesse player of the 90s. He’s the total package of the twenty first century. Jordan was an artist. Kobe too. LeBron? He’s simply a machine. His skill set exceeds Jordan and Kobe. I’d rather see the artist than the machine. Third, I have not liked LeBron’s attitude. He’s been arrogant. His departure from Cleveland was terrible. He left for the championship. Left for the bling. Left for the stacked team. A better city.
But wait a minute. Wait just one minute. What makes LeBron the best is not what he does on the court. It’s the fact that he choose the leave Miami and go back to Cleveland. Who does that? And in the first year takes that team to the finals? And that team? It’s a good team. It’s a professional team. But it’s not a stacked team. LeBron could have stayed in Miami and probably won at least one more championship. He probably should have stayed but he chose to go home. He chose to take a risk. He went back to a team and city that paled in comparison to Miami. But one man made a difference – LeBron James.
In his first year back LeBron James took an average NBA team to the Finals and just might win the NBA championship with them this year. Even if the Cavs do not win, LeBron James is the best player in the NBA ever. He exceeds Jordan and Kobe. Here’s why.
When did Jordan leave the Bulls and go to a lesser team and take that team to the Finals in the first year? He didn’t. When did Kobe do that? Nope. He has not done that either.
LeBron is racking up the stats. If he keeps playing he will surpass people up as time goes by. He will win more championships. Will he will as many as Jordan and Pippen? Kobe and Shaq? Who knows. But one this is sure. He did what none of them had the courage to do. And because of that, LeBron is the best player ever in the NBA.
The Church – Next?
LeBron James move from Miami and to Cleveland reminds me of humility. It’s being willing to live a missional life. To give up what seems good for my trophy case for the sake of the gospel and the future of a city. LeBron’s move is an analogy, but it’s a good one for those of us who are the church. We are called by God to sometimes leave when it seems logical to stay and go to a situation that seems not as good. Who knows what might happen? We might end up in the finals.
Jesus said, “Go, therefore, make disciples, of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I’ve taught you, and lo, I’m with you until the end of the age.” Matt 28:19-20