When it comes to organized sports, most of us are just spectators. We cheer for our favorite teams and hope they win. Other than cheering, most of us take no active role in whether the game is won or lost. We generally eat pop-corn, cheer, then turn the television to another channel.
This arrangement seems to work out for most who are interested in the world of sports, but when it comes to the world-wide cause of Christ, just being spectators does not please the one who died for us. We have been called by the gospel of Christ, to serve on the greatest team ever known. First, as His Disciples, we are challenged to “seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33). Then we must execute the orders of our King to “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
To help move us from spectating to the battlefront, we can employ the following spiritual changes in our daily lives: First, pray for courage to take on Satan, for he is always up front and center seeking to discourage anyone who would assist Jesus in the work of His blood-bought church. So, regarding our desire to be of service, let us “Rejoice always; praying without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We then can add to the power of prayer by letting “…the word of Christ dwell richly within us “…with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). Remember, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). These activities, will certainly prepare us for a lifetime of service in His Kingdom.
Disciples of Christ must decide how they are going to help take the gospel to a lost and dying world. Friends, it is not in the interest of the lost for us to relegate ourselves to a lifetime of spectating. We must find some supportive activity to assist Jesus. Take time to conduct a personal talent search. What is your skillset? Perhaps you can start by making a list of folks that you know would certainly benefit from knowing God and His son Jesus. Get to know them and invite them to worship services. Pass their names to others who will follow up. What activities are you thinking about?
For the sake of His dear cause, “seeking and saving the lost” (Luke 19:10), please give your utmost attention to this urgent message.