“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”. (Ephesians 2:10)
Coaching is a process that aims to improve the performance and goals of other people. For the Christian coach, it focuses on the present but also looks into the future, for the expansion of the Kingdom. When Jesus recruited his first disciples who fished for a living, he said, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of me.”
The coach asks instead of tells, crafting powerful questions that help you discover new perspectives, discern your priorities, articulate your goals, devise your own solutions, and take responsibility for your own improvement.
For the last one week I have been reflecting, it was an ICF international coaching week and the way coaching has allowed leaders to give their teams space to thrive as well as unleash their greater selves. Then started thinking of Jesus as a coach.
Jesus as a Coach
Have you ever thought of Jesus as a coach?
It is easy to think of Jesus as a leader, a servant, and a teacher. However, can we see Jesus as a coach? There are many different models of coaching. However, there has never been a model of coaching like Jesus? The New Testament shows that Jesus was the coach and facilitator of the learning of twelve men that he was helping to expand the Kingdom of God.
In coaching others, Jesus was helping the individual to improve their performance by asking questions. Good coaches ask great questions. Good coaches help those they coach to learn. Jesus was an expert at asking questions.
“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Mathews 14:31)
Jesus coaching started by building trust & removing doubt
Anyone who does not experience doubt in the Christian faith at some time or another is just not taking their faith seriously. Doubt is not the opposite of faith. It is an element to help grow faith. Doubt can be understood as a good catalyst when handled as Jesus addressed it.
Jesus didn’t ask Peter to follow him sight unseen. His coaching began with trust-building. We see Jesus hanging out with Peter before he asks him to do anything else. After church, they go to Peter’s house. Jesus further earns trust by meeting Peter’s felt need – he heals his mother-in-law. (Luke 4:39).
Jesus coaching Proceeded with thought provoking engagements
One the signs of a great coach are their ability to ask “why” questions. This type of question will cause the one being coached to provide the answer.
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Mathew 16:26)
“Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” (Mathews 15:3).
Being able to ask questions are the skills of all great coaches. Jesus once asked. The goal of his questions was to coach his disciples in how to respond to the questions themselves rather than him answering.
“Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. (Mathew 20:32)”.
This question is a strong coaching question of Jesus. It places the responsibility of the answer strongly into the hands of the one being coached. A disconnect will take place if someone else is doing everything. To assume we know what someone wants from us without asking can lead a coach/leader in dozens of directions.
The answer to the above question was answered in Matthew chapter 20:33-34
“Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Jesus was an expert at challenging those who followed him to respond to questions. Jesus had a strategy of asking “why” questions that created a process of deep thinking. He did this by asking questions that made them search their hearts for the answer. He knew that faith was weak without the person knowing what they believed in their hearts, not the hearts of others.
Jesus coaching involved direct communication
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Mathew 9:28)
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
Jesus often asked direct questions of those he coached. A good coach asks the right & direct questions. A productive coach encourages a person’s development as a thinker. The values of other people and their opinions are recognized by excellent coaches. Helping someone discover what they are looking for is essential for every coach.
Everyone is looking for something in life.
This is who we are, and when He created us, He also created a plan for our lives. This plan is packed with good things God has ordained for us, destinies that exceed our highest hopes. But most of us made our own plans, thinking we knew better. We forged ahead hoping God would keep up. We braved our battles, wondering where He was when we needed Him.
Then, at the end of our hope, nearing the end of our rope, we realized that we didn’t just need His sanction, His involvement, His tampering in our lives, His occasional visits.
We needed His leadership, His Lordship & His Coaching.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. (Ephesians 2:10)
Let’s call on Him to Coach us always.