The padded seats in the stadium behind home place were excellent. We ordered sandwiches and soft drinks and settled in to enjoy the ambiance of Busch Stadium. The Arch rose majestically in the background. The air crackled with anticipation.
The Cardinals and the Diamond Backs came onto the field. We watched as the players took their positions and began. They were vigilant and ready for whatever play they would need to make. The pitcher worked very hard. His job was pivotal on both teams. Everything revolved around him but without the team, he was just tossing a ball.
Notice that we were at the ballgame and in the stadium but we were not in the game. No matter how expensive the seats or sky box we occupied, we were spectators. As fans, we could enthusiastically support our team of choice or we could just observe. But no matter how worked up we might get, we were still on the side lines. I repeat, we are not in the game.
When Jesus called the disciples, he didn’t call them to sit on the sidelines and watch Him do the work. He was teaching them and inviting them to participate. They got to take part in some pretty amazing things. Peter walked on the water. Andrew found five loaves and two fish and gave them to the Master. He blessed the food and then the twelve fed the multitude of 5000 men and their families. Peter, James and John got to go the Mount of Transfiguration and meet Moses and Elijah and see Jesus transformed in His glory. They were followers and participants with Him. He sent them out and they healed people and got them delivered from demonic realm. Jesus was the pivotal figure, and He was training and using the people around Him to take over when He left them.
So what are we doing? Our mega churches are a great place to go and hide. We can sit on the back row and never feel any pressure to get involved. Even in small fellowships, we can shake our head and say that we are too busy with work and family. We come on Sunday, listen to the sermon, go to lunch with a few friends, and go home, where we resume life as if we didn’t belong to Jesus. We are bought and paid for but we have disengaged. We have a job to do, but the team is missing our part.
Jesus wanted His followers to participate with Him when he was on earth and He never changes, so why would we think He would be content for us to sit on the sidelines today?
Today’s Lesson: First of all, remember what it was like when you first met and fell in love with the Lord Jesus? You wanted everyone to know Him and you told everyone about Him. You didn’t really know what you were doing, but your were in the game. It was just a farm team, but you were playing. It was exciting and you felt alive!
Next, ask Father to help you get back to your first love and begin to support the team again? It begins with you repenting of having been a spectator and doing your own thing. Tell Him you are sorry and cry out for help. He will lift the heaviness that you have been carrying.
It is important for you to know that He is not mad at you. He loves you! He wants you to know Him up close and personal. He wants you to hear the plays that He calls. Listen and watch for His leading. Go where He says and He will bring you to a person who will be further down the path to help train you. Then use your own will and make the decision to move forward into a love relationship with Jesus.
So come on! Get in the game! This life is a blast!
Matthew 14:28 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
Luke 9:28-30 Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and [a]gleaming. 30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah,
John 6:8-10 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, *said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people [a]sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men [b]sat down, in number aboutfive thousand. NASB
Psalm 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserves the faithful, and plentifully rewards the proud doer.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Romans 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.