In your CD series GameChangers, you talk about being coachable. What do you mean?

There’s a great illustration in Mark 10 about this. In verse 17, we read, “As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, ‘Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’” First, this young man was tenacious. He ran. He was also eager. He knelt before Jesus, ready to learn.

But where this man fell short was his lack of submission. When Jesus told him to sell all his possessions and follow Him, verse 22 tells us “he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.” Being coachable not only requires a desire. It also requires action. 

What challenges might we face as we try to be coachable?

If we’re on God’s team, it means abandoning things that don’t fit our new life. It means learning how and when to say no. The problem is, we live in a day and age where opportunities to say yes are endless! We need to be able to understand what to pick up and what to put down.

Jesus understands this, and He demonstrated it when He put down the hammer in His carpenter shop and picked up the walking stick, the shepherd’s staff. Being a carpenter was something He did very well, but there was something higher that He could do better than anyone else. He changed course, and the world was forever changed.

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