How the Mavs Beat the Heat

David Gaunt

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."  Galatians 6:9-10

I am so glad that the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship last week.  I'm not usually a Mavs fan, but I started pulling for them as soon as they eliminated my Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the Playoffs (though it took them six games).  Yes, I realize that it may hurt my standing as a Sunrise Pastor, but I even rooted for Dirk Nowitzki and friends against the Lakers.  I had a sense that it was their time.  They played hard to the end.

Many are saying that finishing strong was the most obvious advantage that Dallas had over the Miami Heat in the Finals.  The Mavs outscored the Heat 75-49 in the last five minutes of the six games, nearly doubled their rebounding total (29-15) and forced 14 turnovers while committing just six of their own.  In fact, Nowitzki scored as many fourth-quarter points by himself as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined in the series.  In crunch time, defined as the last five minutes of the games with the score within five points, he outscored the entire Miami roster.

In the verses just before Galatians 6:9-10, we are told that our actions have consequences, "a man reaps what he sows."  Even when it seems that people are getting away with sin, or no good seems to come from great sacrifice, God's principles will be proven true.  If we belong to Jesus, we can still do things from our selfish old nature that will bring destruction.  But, if we do things "to please the Spirit", we will enjoy the benefits of making an eternal impact.

Living to please God can be draining, that's why God gave us Galatians 6:9-10.  He wants to encourage us to finish strong.  It's more difficult to do good when we are hungry, hurting, angry, lonely, tired, or sad.  But, God tells us that He still expects us to do it.  In fact, by commanding us to do good and not give up, He commits Himself to helping us.

Here's a list of things that you might be weary in, but God wants you to do good and not give up.

  • Trying to spend time alone with Him each day.
  • Getting the whole assignment done.
  • Continuing to pray for those who still need Jesus in their lives.
  • Attending church each week even when you were up too late.
  • Confessing, repenting, and asking for forgiveness again when you've fallen in that sinful habit for the thousandth time.
  • Not lashing out at the person that constantly provokes you.
  • Fulfilling your vows even when your spouse doesn't seem to care.
  • Following through on the discipline of a child or teen.
  • Encouraging someone else in their relationship with God.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Doug wrote:
"by commanding us to do good and not give up, He commits Himself to helping us." What a great point. Knowing that God is our strength and that His Spirit is our guide is exactly what we need to remind ourselves as we continue to not give up living lives that are pleasing to Him. God is faithful. PS - The LAKERS rule! (or at least they do, compared to the Trailblazers) :-)

Mon, June 20, 2011 @ 6:33 AM

2. Chuck wrote:
Thanks David. Timely and something my 35 and over ministry can related to. I will be using as foundation tonight for our dialogue tonight.

Mon, June 20, 2011 @ 12:02 PM

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