If you've played in our league for any amount of time at all, you've heard the following statement: "We're about a lot more than basketball!" And this is true. We love the game of basketball, but it is just that...a game. We are about teaching and demonstrating how you "may have life and have it abundantly" (as Jesus said in John 10:10). And the best (and only) way to obtain true life is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
What does that even mean, you may ask?It all starts with a problem that you and I have. We have done wrong, each one of us. The Bible calls it "sin." Many seem to think that as long as they aren't too bad or as long as they do enough good things, God will look on them with favor. This is simply not what the Bible says. It states that we have all sinned and have fallen short of God's standard (Romans 3:23). Even further, the Scripture indicates that the penalty for this sin is eternal separation from God in hell (Romans 6:23).This sounds terrible, but that is not the end of the story. In fact, it's only the beginning. You see, God knows that we are "but dust" (Psalm 103:14) and loves you and me even though we have rejected Him and do not meet His standard. So since you and I could never reach Him, He sent his only Son, Jesus, to come to us (John 3:16). What an amazing thing! But that's still not the end of the story.It's one thing to believe God exists, or even to believe that Jesus is God. It's another thing accept God's gift of salvation, repenting of your sins, placing your faith and trust completely in what Jesus has done on your behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21).This means that if you were to stand before God and if He were to ask you why you should be allowed into heaven, you would not state, "Because I've been a pretty good person." Who would that give the glory to? To you! Does that even make sense? Shouldn't God receive the glory? Instead, a true follower of Christ would say something like, "Only by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus on my behalf am I qualified to stand in Your presence and be accepted in Your Kingdom" (Ephesians 2:8-9)This is what it means to have a relationship with Jesus and we as Christians can even talk with Him now (1 John 5:13-15) and we hear from Him through His Word.This is what we are about. Making the name of Jesus known. We love basketball, but it's just a game. We are about having life and having it abundantly! So what about you?