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Disruption in the NBA and Life

Published on June 29, 2017 | By
The NBA offseason continues to be the talk of the sports world, as teams make major moves left and right. Yesterday we heard that Phil Jackson and the Knicks are parting ways, and that the Clippers traded Chris Paul to the Rockets.  There are plenty of rumblings about where Paul George will be traded, and where all the free agents will sign in the next few weeks. After each move is announced, different teams are affected by those latest decisions. The Spurs appeared to want Chris Paul...Carmelo Anthony's future with the Knicks is up in the air with Phil gone...Dwyane Wade planned to be back in Chicago before Jimmy Butler was traded...and the list goes on and on. A word that sums up all of the action and reaction taking place is “disruption." The NBA is experiencing one disturbance after another, which in turn interrupts the process and activity of others. Most of the league changes are in response to the dominance of the Golden State Warriors. They have disrupted the way many teams were approaching the building of a team, and have caused many general managers to switch directions. With all of the disruption taking place in the NBA right now, I’m reminded of the disruption that comes from following Jesus. When He came to earth, people's lives were flipped upside down and things began to dramatically change. The early disciples were busy being fishermen before Jesus disrupted their lives. The religious people were getting caught up in rules and rituals before He disrupted their thinking.  When surrendering our lives to Jesus, plans and activities are going to be interrupted. Our lives are on the path to death before He disrupts everything and offers us salvation. The new life He invites us to may disrupt what some would consider the "good life" on earth, but the temporary sufferings and sacrifices we now experience actually prepare us for eternity and bring God glory. 

The apostle Paul (who was first Saul, the murderer) experienced quite the disruption and transformation when He met Jesus on the road to Damascus.

He would later write in Galatians 2:20 (AMP), "I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." 

Today, are we clinging too tightly to the “good life” by chasing our own plan and path...or are we embracing the “disrupted life” that Jesus invites us to? 

Although He flips our lives upside down, the transformation and eternal life He trades in return, sure does beat what the Clippers got for Chris Paul!

I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for meeting me right where I am. I pray You would disrupt my life and show me which path to take. I pray I wouldn’t be scared of trading my old life for the new life You have planned for me. Thank you for sending Jesus to disrupt the world. In His name I pray, Amen.

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