Get In the GameBy Joe Stowell on August 15, 2019
This month, many of our student-athletes have returned to campus to start practicing for the fall semester sporting events. I'm proud of our students who work hard to stay in shape and hone their skills in order to represent Cornerstone University while competing against some tough competition. I love going to their games to watch them compete and cheer them on to victory!
I can't help but think that Christianity is a lot like sports. As followers of Christ, we have to stay in spiritual shape with a steady diet of God's Word and prayer. We also need our fellow teammates. Living out our faith in this fallen world is not a solo sport!
And, more importantly, it's not a spectator sport. As a friend of mine once observed, there are nine guys on the baseball field doing all the work and thousands in the stands just watching. But 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 to advance His kingdom!
The apostle Paul set a great example for us when he talked about his ambition to proclaim Christ, "admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end, I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me" (Colossians 1:28-29). Rather than just sitting idly by while other followers of Christ do all the work, let's follow Paul's example and get in the game.
If you are wondering what good you can do on the field, wonder no more. What about your financial resources? Offer them to Jesus who can use them to accomplish great things for His glory, like He did with the boy who had just four loaves and two fish. And, beyond tangible resources, He has equipped us with spiritual gifts that He intends for us to put into action on the field. Whether it's teaching, encouraging, serving, showing hospitality or extending mercy, each contribution can yield great results.
Believe me, it's far more rewarding to be on the field than to sit in the stands. Although the competition will be fierce from the opposing team—managed by the enemy of our souls—we can take heart, because we know who ultimately wins!