I was a high school freshman squeezing out time on the varsity squad. I was adjusting to the pace of the varsity level, which was much different from splitting traps and making assists as a junior high point guard. (Same adjustment occurs between the high school and college levels, except is multiplied by ten to fifteen times the athleticism, size, and intensity.) I had just committed back-to-back turnovers when I heard an assistant coach yell, “Gibson! See the whole floor!” The coach then calmly walked over and explained that, as a point guard, I needed to see both where the offense was supposed to be and where the defense might be. Just seeing the offense was only seeing half of what I was supposed to see, he explained. I needed to see the whole floor.
“Gibson! See the whole floor!” Those words continue to ring in my ear very loudly, but for a different reason. I believe that many times, as Christ-followers, we fail to see “the whole floor” of Scripture. We might, like a young point guard, just see one aspect of a passage or book and fail to miss the larger context. Or, we spend so much time focusing on one smaller aspect of Scriptural doctrine and fail to see the larger narrative which supports the larger context. As a basketball player, not seeing the whole floor can lead to tunnel vision. As a Christ-follower, not seeing “the whole floor” of Scripture can lead us to beliefs and doctrines that are either incomplete or not Biblical. So, what do we do?
So, when you read the Bible, remember to see the whole floor. As you grow in your ability to understand the full narrative of the Bible, much like a young point guard who slowly learns to understand the whole game, the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection will jump off the page at you.
Paul is the husband to Tara, father to Natalie and Isaac, has an average jump shot, and enjoys running. His secret wish is to one day become a Jedi Knight. Paul holds a doctorate in marriage and family counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and currently serves as senior pastor of Hardinsburg Baptist Church. Paul desires to help young couples navigate the early crucibles of marriage, especially when one or both of the spouses are engaged in vocational ministry.