In the Stands or on the Field
“So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect [mature] in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.”1
Joseph Stowell, former president of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, said, “I love going to Chicago’s Wrigley Field for a baseball game—sitting in the stands, downing a great hot dog, and cheering the Cubs on to victory!
“Unfortunately, Christianity has become a lot like professional sports. As a friend of mine has observed, there are nine guys on the baseball field doing all the work and thousands in the stands just watching. And as you probably know, that’s not God’s game plan for His people. He wants us to climb out of the stands, get out on the field, and join the team.
“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 gifts that can help advance His kingdom. Whether it’s teaching, encouraging, serving, showing hospitality, or extending mercy, the productive use of each gift 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.”2
I still remember well one of my grade school teachers who constantly emphasized the importance of being an active participant in life—not just a watcher. Great teaching. As Joe Stowell said, “Believe me, it’s far more rewarding to be on the field than to sit in the stands.”
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, thank You that You use ordinary people to accomplish Your work on earth. I am available. Please use me to be a part of Your plans and what You are doing in the world today. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’s name, amen.”
1. Colossians 1:28-29 (NLT).
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