Zero Exclusion – Roosevelt Leslie – Year 2 (2016-17) Volume #24

This week’s chaplains corner is writtten by Roosevelt Leslie, an assistant boy’s basketball coach and boy’s basketball chaplain. Thank you so much for your words this week!

Zero Exclusion

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely through his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.
-Romans 3:23-24
One of the reasons why I coach is because I really enjoying helping and teaching essential skills and fundamentals in team and individual settings.
I recently started a new job for a health company in town as an employment specialist. Some of my job entails managing people in the crisis of their lives and getting them back on their feet with employment opportunities and community resources.
In our program we have eight practice principals and one of them includes a policy of zero-exclusion. In this program principle, eligibility is based on client choice in which clients don’t have to be “ready” to work to be in our program, you just have to have the desire to work. Our program is also an evidence based practice originated by professors at Dartmouth University, evidence gathered has proven people who work have enriched and better quality of life.
Un-Employment is currently at an all time low but are our lives truly enriched?
The same can be said for people who have Christ in their lives at even a greater level because of what following Christ entails (living under his rule and authority through all circumstances, good and bad), as Christians walking with the Lord, our lives should be enriched. We have to desire him and follow him, and everything may not be exactly in place, which is not a pre-requisite to dial him up.
I can relate to the importance of zero-exclusion in regards to people needing to hear the good news that Jesus has died for our sins and wants us to live eternal life with him in a loving relationship. We don’t have to be “ready” and have things in order to receive Christ’s gift of eternal life, although it seems that we are all unworthy. All we have to be is willing! Christ accepts us as we are and wants to be in true relationship with us.
The good news is God, through Jesus Christ, has already done the work by dying on the cross for our sins! Because of my sinful nature and the tons of mistakes that I have made in life, I can think of many reasons why I shouldn’t go to heaven or reasons of why I could have waited to except Christ as my Lord and savior until later in life or on my death bed, but I took the step of faith to do so and haven’t looked back ever since and now encourage others to do so as well.
I am glad eternal life is free and accessible through a commitment to Jesus Christ. There is no referral process or a need to check references for your request of salvation. All you need to do is: Accept, Believe, and Confess that Jesus is Lord!