Bench Warmers?

As Fall draws to an end Joe and I settle in at home for the winter. During this time we focus on local meetings. At this time of year we really enjoy attending our eldest (Melissa) granddaughter's basketball games. Last year Melissa sat on the bench most of the time. She warmed the bench while the rest of her team played the game. She learned the game last year.

This is where new believers start. They sit in the bench and learn to walk the Christian walk.

But this year Melissa went from the bench to the court. The year she spent learning prepared her for the game. She was a player when she sat on the bench but now she joins her teammates to press for a win. She became one of her team's primary players. In her new role she plays point guard, she plays defense and shoots baskets for her team. Her team depends on her. Last year she played seldom but this year she plays all but a few minutes each game. In the last game I watched she played the entire 4 quarters. Her energy amazes me.

My Granddaughter made a choice. She could have chosen not to practice basketball. I's not difficult to sit on the bench and cheer on your team. Instead she applied herself to learning the game and stepped in to help her team.

Again this is like our spiritual walk. There is a time to sit and learn. But there comes a time when we need to get off the bench and start walking in the ways of the Lord. It's not enough to sit in the pew at church every Sunday and listen to our pastor teach us what God has shown him. We must start reading the Word of God on our own and strive to live for Jesus each day. We need to help out the team of believers God has put us with.

I was pondering this thought and God spoke to my heart, "I will take you as high as you allow me to".

It's not God, or the pastor or the church we attend that holds us back from becoming great in His kingdom. It's us. God is waiting for us to recognize the closet we have placed ourselves in and ask Him to show us the way out.  God truly wants to use your unique talents to deliver His gospel.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.   2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV)

God asks us to help His team. If we are not willing He will choose another. In the Old Testament (Numbers 22:23-30) God chose a donkey.

My friends, I encourage you to get into the game. Start shining the light of Christ where you are today.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)