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Week 8: Commitment

Coach's Corner

Warm-Up

Commitment is saying yes to something. What are all the things you are committed to currently? (For example: sports team, club, job, or position.)

Workout

Imagine if you committed to everything someone asked you to. That would be a lot to commit to, wouldn’t it? It would be impossible to say yes to everything!

But, God asks us to say yes to two things.

Over the last weeks, we have studied the X’s and O’s in God’s Great Game Plan. Now, it’s time to commit to doing what He says. It’s time to execute the game plans we have learned.

How do we do that? What are the two things He wants us to commit to?  

Love Him and love others.

Today, let’s focus on loving God. We must love Him before we can love others.

We will do this by committing and saying yes to the 3 H’s: Heart, Head, and Hands. Jesus tells us in Mark 12:30 how to fully love God:

“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” -Mark 12:30

Heart: “I will love God with my heart and soul.”

Our heart must commit first to loving God. The Bible tells us that everything flows out of the heart.  

Imagine if your heart commits to loving God, how easy everything else will commit as well.

Turn to the person to the right and say, “I will love God with my heart and soul.”

Head: “I will love God with my mind.”

Hands: “I will love God with my strength.”

When we commit to loving God, we say yes to loving Him with our heart, head, and hands.

Let’s stop and think about practicing. When we practice as a team, it is not just one part of us. We use our hands, our feet, our minds, our strength. It would not work if we only used one part of us.  

This is what God is saying, commit to love Him with everything, with all your strength.

In the Bible, we read, “Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” — Matthew 22:37-38

Imagine when you commit to pouring a glass of water. Once you begin pouring it, it becomes full. If you keep doing it, it will eventually overflow onto the table. This is exactly what God means.

So, commit to loving Him, and eventually, you will become so full of love that love will then pour out onto others!

Wrap-Up

When an athlete commits to a college for their sport, can they go back and forth with that school and another? Or do they have to stick with that school and let everything they do (practice, games, workouts, etc.) flow from that school?

We must commit to loving God. Let’s close in prayer together:

“Dear God, I commit to loving You with my heart, head, and hands. I do not want to go back and forth with loving You and then not. I want to be all in. Fill me up with Your love. Amen.”