*Adapted from Pastor Gero’s daily devotionals: word for word.*
*SPECTATORS OR PARTICIPANTS*
Premier league is back, I hear, everyone is cheering some team. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man U and the rest…. some guys can’t wait to get home or go somewhere to watch the matches and give their support to their team/s of choice. But you know what, most of us are good admirers, spectators or even fans, watching the action from the comfort of our living rooms or some restaurant while sipping a drink.
The story is quite different for the participants in the pitch! The pain and agony of the training, the tension of the moment, the injuries, past failures, the strenuous expectations and the stiff competition before the joy of finally winning is something most admirers and spectators know nothing about and may be don’t care about!
In God’s service, there are many different callings, but no one is called to be a spectator. We are all called to participate and if possible to imitate!
Spectators pay at the gate. They have read their subject until they’re self- declared experts. They clap, cheer, complain and even at times give comments. They view the victory celebrations from the comfortable terraces or their television sets. But there’s seldom sweat on their brow. They know nothing about bruises and aching muscles. They are foreigners to the thrill of personal achievement, the exhilaration of record-breaking performances, the satisfaction of a job well done.
Unknown to themselves, some of the spectators could be potential champions pouring their lives away or non-achievers who love their bed more than success.
There’s a world of difference between these couch admirers and real players on the bench. Players kept in reserve are red hot in a non enthusiastic world. They don’t flinch at pain. They have toughened their minds and hardened their bodies; drilled to spring into action the instant they are needed or beckoned by the Coach. They are champions in the making.
Are you a participant or a spectator or even an admirer in Gods kingdom?
Are you playing your position or fulfilling your assignment faithfully however ‘big’ or ‘small’ it is?
Or you are amongst the many christian admirers who cheer from the sidelines of comfort but never challenged enough to join the actual race or the fight?
Do you enjoy testimonies of great achievers in ministry, elated by stories of Christians with exceptional prayer lives, great missionary involvement, great faith, great kingdom commitment and great sacrifices but you are never inspired enough to participate? You just spectate and cheer from a far but never imitate or join?
Do you just enjoy being part of already established great ministries or famous movements with great achievements and fame, but would avoid at all the cost of being part of Gods start- ups where a lot of sacrifice and high costs are to be paid?
God’s kingdom requires either players / participants in the actual competition or reserves on the bench trained, ready and eager to join the field whenever requested…. but not admirers and spectators!
Anyone can slip into Christ’s embrace and be carried to startling conquests, but when the call comes, knees begin to quake. The weakest saint who dares follow Christ will excel; the strongest who stays behind will be crushed.
May you turn from a spectator to a participant! Christ requires imitators but not admirers! As you join the rest of the brethren in corporate worship this morning, be a participant and not a spectator!
He is coming, My Lord Jesus Christ is coming. Time for revival is now, and revival starts with an amended lifestyle.
#Abba, send the latter rain.
#Abba, send the latter revival.
#Abba, make us your remnants.
#Abba, Father, fill this house with your glory.
Zachary G. Njuguna.
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