Avery Johnson Answered the Call to Follow Jesus Christ


He is best known as the former head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. As a coach, he holds the highest winning percentage in NBA history and set the record for reaching the 150 win mark in the shortest number of games. In the 2005-2006 season, he led the Mavericks to their first ever appearance in the NBA Finals and earned the NBA Coach of the Year honor along the way. Known as “The Little General” for his on-court leadership and diminutive stature, he also helped guide the San Antonio Spurs to an NBA Championship in 1999. Before he became a coach, Johnson became the 75th player in NBA history to play 1,000 career games. At 5’11”, he joined Calvin Murphy as the only other player under 6-feet in height to reach that milestone.

After a long night of drinking in 1989, he decided to attend a church service the next day. The minister preached a message about being fully committed to Jesus Christ. He says of his experience that day, “I don’t know how else to explain it except to say that I suddenly felt the call to truly trust Christ. I had one foot in and one foot out. You’re either hot or you’re cold, and I wanted to be hot. That day I decided that I wanted to be different. I wanted to put my faith in Jesus once and for all…I’ve been on that journey for a number of years now, and I can honestly say that it’s the best decision I ever made.”

The man who said those words is Avery Johnson.


This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society, and just as Avery Johnson gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to know Jesus Christ today as your personal Saviour as Avery Johnson does, all you have to do is acknowledge and realize that you have done some bad things in your life which are called sin; you have sinned against God. Then believe on Jesus Christ for salvation, and pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith! God Bless You!