The Right to Decide

Coach Wooden and Bill Walton

Star basketball player Bill Walton once told his legendary coach, John Wooden, that he didn’t have the right to tell him that he needed to get a haircut. Wooden responded, “But I have the right to decide who plays and who doesn’t.”

God has appointed elders to oversee the church (Acts 20:28). While they are not to be micro-managers, it is their duty to make the most important decisions in the church. The elders collectively decide what the game plan is for their congregation.

Every church member has the duty to submit to the leadership of the elders. Heb.13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”

Bill Walton got a haircut, and he and Coach Wooden helped form a UCLA team that was nearly unbeatable.

Once the leaders and followers in a church understand and accept their role, they can work together effectively. And when they do, there’s no telling how many victories can be won for Christ!

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