Big Game

On Wednesday, I was invited to go to the opening round of the Big Twelve Tournament. Even though I don’t really have a favorite team, it was a great to spend time with friends and watch some incredible athletes.

We commented often about the differences between watching a game live and watching it on TV. The pace of play is much faster and the players seem much bigger, faster and more athletic.

Honestly, at that level, it seems that everyone on the team is extremely talented. I am certain they work hard year round. They surely invest a lot into their nutrition and workouts. They practice shooting and defending, positioning and rebounding.

But in the end, it only matters if they win.

Some of you reading this know what I’m talking about….cough, cough :)!

Players and teams can work hard, study carefully and plan accordingly, but if they don’t win…nothing else really matters.

Simply stated, to be a successful basketball team, one must score more than one’s opponent.

So what does it take to be a successful church?

There are many factors that contribute to helping a church become successful, but there is only one ultimate factor that really matters…

It all comes down to whether or not the church is growing into fully devoted followers of Jesus for God’s glory.

If our efforts as a church don’t result in the glory of God, we lose.