INTIMACY WITH CHRIST: Coach! Take Me Off The Field I Want to Sit on the Bench! No one ever wants to sit on the sidelines, everybody want to get out in the field to play football or on the floor to play basketball. Participation in something whether it is a sports or chess matches or cooking is what being human is all about. But, why is participation a must for everything else in life except doing the work of the Lord? In church everyone wants to sit on the sidelines, they want to sit on the bench in order to be a good sponge for the Lord.
John 9:4-5 (KJV) 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. The work of Jesus was to be the light of the world and to present the truth of God thereby setting the captives free.
You must realize I must be about my Father’s business, twelve year old Jesus said to his mother and earthly step father in Luke 2: 49
A twelve year old understood this! Where is our drive and determination as adults who realize there is a heaven to gain and hell to shun, or why would they attend church services every Sunday. We cannot keep the good news of Jesus Christ to ourselves the gospel must be presented to the lost. Matthew 4: 23,9: 35,11:5,MArk 1: 14-15,16:15,Luke 3:18,4:18
Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
After the disciples received power when the Holy Ghost came upon them does it say they just sat back and did nothing? No, he tells them to be His witnesses unto the uttermost part of the earth. They went and did just that.
Even in the book of James 1:22 (KJV) it says, But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
We deceive ourselves if we are just hearers only and not doers of the word, for what good is the word of God if it is not put into practice or shared? No one will ever benefit from it.
James 4:17 therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
We must get off the bench and into the work of the Lord for the joy that is within us. To be so excited about Jesus with His plan of salvation and escaping the pits of hell, that we could not resist sharing with as many people as possible so they could enjoy him too.
If this is hard for you be honest before God and tell Him how hard it is for you and He will give you the strength to do it. Tip: the more you do it the easier it gets. Knowledge of how to do it also gives you confidence as well.
Intimacy with Christ,