My friend, may I ask you a question? As Christians, should you and I want to be down on the playing floor with Jesus? Sitting in the stands watching but not participating– is that good enough for a Christian determined to spread the gospel no matter what?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
As a boy I wanted more than anything just to fit in. I was an asthmatic, so I wasn’t able to play sports. Yet, I really wanted to sit on the bench with my friends during the basketball games. One day I suggested to our coach that perhaps it would be good if we had someone on the bench to act as a student manager. I could keep a first aid kit in the event that one of the players got a cut or something? “No doing. There isn’t room.” was all he said. I went to the games every Friday and sat in the stands longing to sit on the bench, first aid kit at my feet. Then, it happened, one of the guys got a nasty gash during a game. I was down there in a flash, kit in hand. The next week there WAS room on the bench.
Wanting something bad enough fosters a determined spirit. If only we could apply that to telling others about Jesus.
Here’s a story: In his home in central Vietnam, Nam Loc shared the Gospel with everyone in his village. Warned, he was arrested, chained, and dragged away to a tiny prison cell that he shared with two other prisoners. There he witnessed to them. One day the authorities came with a tempting proposition–freedom. But he rejected it. Why? His freedom could only be gained on one condition–he must become a spy for the government and identify other believers. Nam said no. His stubborn defiance was rewarded with a heavier prison term of seven to nine years. Solitary confinement came next. Completely detached from everything, he passed the days singing praises to God. One after another, he sang hymns he knew from memory. Prison officials got so enraged that they violently beat him every time he sang. Even as his body suffered, his determination remained strong. He kept sharing Jesus with other prisoners. Through his solitary chamber ran a water pipe that was connected to other prison cells. He bored a hole in it from which he spoke to his fellow prison- ers about Jesus Christ. Many heard his message, and they believed! (Open Doors, Brother Andrew with John & Elizabeth Sherrill)
As Christians, you and I should want to be down on the playing floor with Jesus. Sitting in the stands watching but not participating isn’t good enough for a Christian determined, like Nam Loc, to spread the gospel no matter what. There’s room on that holy bench and the game is playing out. It’s up to you and I to be determined enough to want to sit there.
We pray. Father. I pray that I will never be ashamed of the gospel. I pray God that you give me the chance to share the gospel with others, no matter who they are. Give me the power and courage to share my faith with others, and prepare their hearts to receive. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” In Jesus Name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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