Anybody who watched Sunday’s Oklahoma City Thunder game against the Grizzlies witnessed Kevin Durant pull a jump shot with just a few seconds remaining, leading OKC to victory over Memphis. KD showed up at just the right time and clutched the victory for his team and fans.
Derived from the clutch mechanism in a car, someone or something is a clutch when it arrives at just the right time to prevent a negative outcome, just like when the perfectly-timed clutch in a car leads to launch and prevents a stall. It’s all about perfect timing. Durant’s perfectly-timed shot allowed the Thunder to get the lead and go on to victory.
This idea of “the clutch,” the perfectly-timed intervention, reminds me of Paul’s words in Romans 5:6, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” At just the right time, Jesus entered the dark world of our sinfulness and gave His life for us. His death was perfectly timed, ordained by God before the foundations of the world. What’s more is that Paul says this momentous act demonstrates God’s love toward us: “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (v.8).
When the Holy Spirit enlightens our eyes to the truth of the Gospel and we respond by surrendering to Christ, that moment is perfectly timed as well. God loves us so much to bring us to just the right moment of brokenness in order that we might see the depravity on our hearts and the need for a Savior. And at just the right time, Christ renews us, the ungodly, and we clutch the victory over sin and death that was made possible through his sacrifice. Thank God for the clutch.