He became the face of the game in the 1980s and 1990s when he led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA titles. He was the king of basketball and everyone put him on a level all his own. His skill lit up Chicago and he left his MVP burn marks on every court he stepped on. Michael Jordan took the game of basketball to a new level with his effortless dunks, killer buzzer-beaters and unexpected steals. Children and fellow athletes made him an athletic idol and his name is still said to be the greatest. Even the greatest athletes of this decade are still measuring themselves up to him. The pattern to be “like Mike” continues by athletes striving to be just like him in everything they do. The ongoing battle of Kobe or LeBron is just one example. Everyone wants to be the “next Michael Jordan” but his name and legacy will never be surpassed.
A legacy that will never be surpassed? If you think that sounds familiar, it should. Lets take a look at someone else for a moment. Someone who re-defined this world. Someone who left His mark on humanity. Let’s take a look at Jesus Christ. Now before we continue, please not that Jesus and Michael Jordan are in no way on the same playing field, but hang with me for a moment. Jesus came into a world that was stuck in a rut. He had the ability and determination to leave this world having changed all that we knew to be possible. Just as Michael Jordan re-wrote the game of basketball, Jesus Christ re-wrote the transcript of humanity. With miracles that stunned the eyes and words that moved the heart, Jesus changed humanity starting with His birth. Until Christ, we thought that we had it figured out. We were set in our ways and we content to stay there. When this “player” came into the game of life we were taken for a ride. The blind received sight and the crippled walked. This world was never left the same.
This “like Mike” concept should play into our spiritual lives. In the same way people patterned their life and game after MJ, we should pattern our life after Christ. We should live to follow in His ways and we should practice our faith so that we can be a witness in His name. Watch the game film of Christ’s life by reading His word. Study His heart and actions so that you can be “like Mike” in a way that you never thought possible. Michael Jordan may be able to fly on the court, but our MVP walks on water.
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1