About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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Simply Spectators  


Imagine yourself sitting in the stands with forty five thousand ultra-excitable baseball fans.  You have spent your money to purchase your ticket, your meals, gas for your car, and a night's stay in a local hotel.  You have been waiting for this game for months and here it is, before your very eyes.  Most of all, you anticipate a victory, but where is your team.  You, along with thousands of loyal fans, just sit in stunned silence.  You only see the pitcher, the catcher, and the third baseman on the field.  The remainder of the team are watching on the sidelines. They are simply spectators, and you know that spectators don't win the battle. 


Like a baseball team, the church is a team endeavour.  It consists of individuals, each having his or her own divinely appointed task to perform in co-operation with a specific few teammates God has placed them alongside.  It is what 1 Corinthians 12:12 through 27 teaches us.  In part, that text reads:     


"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body ... Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many ...  But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be ... As it is, there are many parts, but one body ... so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other ... Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."


The Biblical fact is that when you became a Christian, God baptized or immersed you via His Spirit into the lives of those He chose to place you alongside on His team, His earthly body the church.  It is with these brothers and sisters in Jesus, your teammates, where you step up to the plate to do your part in hopes of a victory.  


The sad reality is that few western-world Christians actually know anything about their individual calling and their God-appointed placement in the Body of Christ. They have only been taught that they are saved and on their way to heaven.  When it comes to church, they are simply spectators, watching a few of their fellow teammates doing their part each Sunday morning.  Church is far more than a Sunday meeting.   


Now imagine yourself as one of millions of angels in the heavenly stands.  You are standing in stunned silence as your earthly teammates, on a team purchased with an exorbitant price, are simply spectators, and you know that spectators don't win the battle.


Post Script


When I ask Christians what chapter in the Bible defines the essence of church, few know it is 1 Corinthians 12.  When I ask Christians what chapter in the Bible describes a Christian meeting, few know it is 1 Corinthians 14.  No wonder we are simply spectators.                


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