The Gospel BleachersWe tend to be a nation of spectators. We watch sports, television, even the Internet. We as believers even behave like spectators when it comes to reading the Bible. We act as if the various people and stories of the Bible are only there for us to learn from, or be touched thereby. But the Bible is not just a history book relating events that happened to people long ago. It’s about God, who is God of the living, not the dead. Consider the book of Acts for example. All the people mentioned there are our elder brothers and sisters. They were the first, and we should learn about them. But they are no longer on the playing field. The baton has been passed, and the ball is in our court. The book of Acts is now, and it’s our turn! Just as spectators should not be on the field, players should not be in the bleachers. You are a player! So stop watching the glory from the bleachers. Get on the field of glory and live the Great Commission. Fight the fight, gain the victory, win the battle…and live the Bible.

Mission: You have been called to great acts. Be that heroic biblical character today and take the field of battle; be courageous in sharing the Good News.

Acts 5:12
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with
one accord in Solomon’s porch.
They All Met Regularly
Through the work of the apostles, many God-signs were set up among the people, many wonderful things done. They all met regularly and in remarkable harmony on the Temple porch named after Solomon. But even though people admired them a lot, outsiders were wary about joining them. On the other hand, those who put their trust in the Master were added right and left, men and women both. They even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on stretchers and bedrolls, hoping they would be touched by Peter’s shadow when he walked by. They came from the villages surrounding Jerusalem, throngs of them, bringing the sick and bedeviled. And they all were healed.

The sooner you start
Taking action and doing the difficult work are not what get you down. Delaying, procrastinating and avoiding action are what get you down. The way forward is to do something positive and useful. Do something, and remind yourself for the ten thousandth time what a joy it is to make a difference. When you know it must be done, and still you don’t do it, your own disappointment in yourself grows with every passing moment. Put a stop to that disappointment by putting yourself into action. As difficult and complicated as it may be, the task is never as bad as the avoidance of it. Just start, just keep going, and just get it done. Enjoy the experience of putting your skills to work. Enjoy the sense of purpose that results from making your time count for something. Drink in the satisfaction of turning what you must do into what you have done. The sooner you start, the better it will feel. Full Story