As a kid, I LOVED Michael Jordan. I remember spending hours in the driveway shooting and dribbling and wishing I was dunking constantly dreaming that I could do it “like Mike.”
There is no doubt Michael Jordan changed basketball for the modern era. At times he seemed almost super-human gliding in for a dunk from the free throw line or pulling up for a game winning jumper or simply ‘willing’ the Chicago Bulls forward for the win.
The first shoes I dreamed of owning were some “Jordans.” Although I’m sure I never really believed it, there was something about those shoes that made me think they could make me a better basketball player.
Although, Michael Jordan influenced millions of kids to dream of playing championship basketball, most of them only got the shoes.
It has the rare few that have been influenced to practice more and improve so that someday they played professional basketball.
One thing is certain when it comes to influence, one never quite knows where it will lead others.
Influence is a powerful force. A great (possibly greatest of all time) basketball player can influence a generation of kids to buy special shoes and dream of becoming a great basketball player.
This Sunday, I look forward to sharing a sermon about influence. We will look at John 2:12, which simply tells us that after the Wedding at Cana where Jesus turned water into wine, He went to Capernaum.
Capernaum was a city of influence and after being kicked out of Nazareth, Jesus chose to relocate there. Of course, Jesus had the opportunity to influence the masses, however His greatest influence while serving and teaching in Capernaum was to His disciples.
Unlike, Michael Jordan, while in Capernaum, Jesus never influenced the masses, however by influencing His disciples, He changed the course of history which is more than anyone in history has ever done.
There is so much more to share about this unique city, I sure hope to see you on Sunday.
Have a great weekend – and don’t forget to take advantage of an extra hour of sleep. See you at 9:00 or 10:45 am.