Each year the NCAA presents the Heisman trophy to the nation's top college football player. The honor recognizes the talent and hard work that has resulted in outstanding performance on the playing field. The winners usually go on to an impressive career as a professional football player (although not all of them have lived up to expectations).
Meanwhile, each week in the fall there are millions of fans who fill stadiums around the country and are glued to television sets for every game. These fans wear their team's jersey and sport clothing, flags, bumper stickers and countless items that tell everyone where their loyalties lie. They talk about how "we won" and feel that they're a part of their team's success. However, while they yell from the stands, they don't really make any difference in their team's performance (other than the emotional encouragement their cheering offers). If a super fan were to receive a trophy it would probably look more like this:
Church can sometimes look like a football stadium: 50,000 people in the stands who are in desperate need of exercise yelling at 22 people on the field in desperate need of some rest. As we talked about a few weeks back, God has SHAPEd every one of his followers in a unique ways so that they can each serve actively to build up the Body of Christ and further the Gospel. Are you sitting in the stands or are you on the field?
This Sunday, November 8th, we'll be continuing our series "Better Together" and look at our vision to be a community of Spiritual Contributors. We'll be sharing about current places where you can plug into ministry and give you the opportunity to explore a spot that fits you. I hope you'll be able to join us.
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church