I was able to be at the SoHi vs. Grace Christian volleyball match on Saturday. It was great – a thrilling 5 set match. Both teams played well, but they both seemed to use an interesting strategy late in the match.
In volleyball, each team is allowed three hits before the ball must cross over the net. Most teams try and set the ball near the net for someone to spike the ball hard at the other team. The defense often rises up to try and block the spike. To counter, the offense sometimes tips the ball just over the blockers. It can be an effective weapon – like a change-up pitch in baseball.
In this match, though, the tips became more and more frequent as the match went along. A friend of mine who was there agreed with my assessment – they seemed to be playing to not miss, to not lose. Both teams were more afraid of making a mistake than making a play.
I think that Christians sometimes feel the same way, especially when it comes to witnessing. People don’t speak up for fear of making a mistake – a mistake that would turn the person away from Christ. That is why I am comforted that God is the one who saves. He can (and does) use our feeble efforts to bring eternal salvation to anyone. We need to trust God more, be about His business and quit being afraid. Remember what the Bible says about fear…
I John 4: 16-21 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the Day of Judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Love God. Be fearless.