Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Not a Spectator Sport

Christianity was never intended to be a spectator sport. All who wear the jersey are expected to be active participants in the game. In preparation, we live a life of discipline and constant training - well, at least we should. We show up to life in full uniform, ready for the Coach's next play. We may not be in every play, but we are to show up to the game with anticipation and readiness.

Related to this idea is the following prayer by Lee Strobel from his book, Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary.

"Lord, I want to get into the fray. I want to play a role in the biggest adventure story of all time. Use me to make a difference. Use me to impact a young person for You. Use me to solve someone's problem. Use me to soothe someone's pain. Use me to answer someone's prayer. Use me to feed someone who's hungry. Use me to rescue a child. Use me to bring someone to You. Use me to ease someone's loneliness. Use me to raise a godly family.

"Use me to deepen someone's faith. Use me to cheer someone on. Use me to help a broken person see that he's precious in Your sight. Use me to touch lives in Your name.

"I don't want to just observe cathedrals through my bus window; I want to roll up my sleeves and build one! Lord, use me to build a living cathedral dedicated to Your glory."