A well-known coach was once asked,
“How much does college football contribute to the national physical-fitness picture?”
“Nothing,” the coach replied abruptly.
“Why not?” the startled interviewer asked.
“Well,” said the coach, “the way I see it, you have 22 men down on the field desperately needing a rest & 40,000 people in the stands, desperately needing some exercise.”
A similar situation exists in many churches today. When you compare the members who actively participate, you often find a rather pathetic situation. It's not unusual to have a small group of diligent Christian workers struggling “down on the field” while others in the congregation are acting like spectators, “sitting on the sidelines eating popcorn.”
God's strategy for the accomplishment of His program is not like a sports event. It does not call for the job to be done only by the “professionals.” In the game of life, all believers have their own positions & spiritual gifts that they must exercise as "The Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all." (1Co 12:7)
My friend, if you've been sitting in the stands, you're badly needed down on the field!
- M R De Haan II (preceptaustin.org)
"It is no marvel that the devil does not love field- preaching! Neither do I; I love a commodious room, a soft cushion, a handsome pulpit. But where is my zeal if I do not trample all these underfoot in order to save one more soul?" - John Wesley.