2. Week Of December 4
Unconventional: Sometimes God doesn’t make sense.
Read: Luke 1:26-38
Advent Theme: Hope
Angel Visits Mary
Mary was a young girl – 15 or 16 years old. One day an Angel visited her, and told her she would be the mother to baby Jesus. Mary was poor and lived in a remote place, so not everything the Angel told her made sense. She thought she was the last person God would use to change the world. But God was working in unconventional ways in order to save the world. Wilt Chamberlain was one of the best basketball players of all time. He was tall – extremely tall – 7 feet 1 inches! He towered over all the other basketball players on the floor. He was an incredible rebounder, and he is the only NBA player to score 100 points in a single game. Wilt was an awesome player. However, he was a very poor free throw shooter. There was hope! One season the coach suggested Wilt shoot free throws underhanded. This type of shot is also called “granny style.” Wilt decided to give it a try and as a result of shooting the ball this unconventional way, his shooting greatly improved. His free throw shots were so good that he used this granny style in his 100 point game. But the next basketball season he reverted to the traditional style, and he began missing his free throw shots again. When asked why he didn’t want to shoot underhanded since his shooting was better, he said, “I didn’t want to look like a sissy.” While Wilt did incredible things on the basketball court, he is known as one of the worst free throw shooters in the history of the NBA. All because he was afraid of being a little unconventional! Sometimes unconventional ways are better than the normal ways of doing things. God sent Jesus to be born to a young girl named Mary. It was unconventional and unexpected but then again, God doesn’t always make sense (and this should give you hope!).
-Pastor David Jones
Questions: Are unconventional ways easy or hard to do? Why? What unconventional things do you do in life?
Parents: Share a time when God asked you to do something that didn’t make sense to you or anyone around you. How did it work out? How did God use it?
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” -John 13:7 (NLT)
Put together your Box of Hope, (click here for the list) write a short note and pray for the family in Shawnee who will receive your box. The food collected will benefit Shawnee Community Services. Please drop off your box(es) at the Christmas Tree in the atrium at Cross Points Church on Sunday, December 11th.