"To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me." —Colossians 1:29
I love going to professional sporting events. There’s nothing quite like cheering for your favorite team alongside thousands of other fans. I can’t help but think, however, that Christianity has become a lot like professional sporting events, with a select few in the game being watched by thousands of their fans. While we may be cheering for those who are in the game, it’s not God’s game plan for His people to merely watch the action on the field. He wants us to climb out of the stands, get out there, and join the team in action!
If you are wondering what good you can do on the field, wonder no more. What about your financial resources? Jesus can take your “silver and gold” and use it to accomplish great things for His glory. But more than just getting out your checkbook, you have gifts you can contribute. God has given each of us spiritual gifts that can help advance His kingdom. Whether it’s teaching, encouraging, serving, showing hospitality, or extending mercy, each ability can yield great dividends. Let’s follow the example of Paul, who tirelessly served on God’s field for the joy of being used by Him (Col. 1:28-29).
Believe me, it’s far more rewarding to be on the field than to sit in the stands!
Start where you are in serving the Lord,
Claim His sure promise and trust in His Word;
God simply asks you to do what you can,
He’ll use your efforts to further His plan. —Anon.
Don’t just sit there… be part of the action!