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Get in the Game

January 17, 2014

Have you considered what needs to happen in your life over the next couple of days in order for you to come to church on Sunday prepared to worship our Lord and Savior?

The answer might be, “No.” And listen…that’s fine. But it can’t stay that way. It just can’t stay that way. You see, there is a fundamental difference between simply being somewhere…and being prepared to be somewhere. If we consider our lives…if we consider our Savior…if we consider Him worthy of worship…we should prepare ourselves to engage in that worship.

The other night, I was watching the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA playing basketball against the Utah Jazz. And listen, I’ll confess, I’m not a big NBA fan or anything…but stick with me here. This idea of being prepared really struck me because as the guys in uniform were playing…I kept seeing people making their way to their seats. Maybe they got there late…maybe went to get some snacks…or whatever…it doesn’t really matter. I just started thinking; how easy is it for us just to show up at an event? How easy is it for us just to walk in, find a seat, get ourselves comfortable, and be a spectator?

For the sake of argument…imagine the players for a second. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan don’t just show up at the arena and make their way to their seats on the bench. They don’t simply shake the coaches hand on the way in the door…make themselves comfortable…and watch the action. They can’t do that. They practiced the day before. They arrived early and got stretched out…got warmed up. They talked with the teammates about what was about to happen on the court. They focused. And then…they took the floor and got in the game. All we see is the time on the court…the 48 minutes…but there is so much more behind that.

The modern church isn’t desperate for spectators. The modern church doesn’t need more folks to come and buy the concessions…or make their way to the front row to really see the action…or find their seat before someone sits in it and we have some awkward moment (and you know that happens). No…that’s not what we need. The modern church is, however, in desperate need of more players. We need people who want to get in the game…who want to get in the fight…who want to actively participate in the worship of our God and King and see that spill over into every avenue of our existence. We need members who know nothing of an offseason. We need members who aren’t willing to settle for half-hearted effort. We need members who prepare their hearts…who prepare their minds…and who engage their senses for the sake of God’s glory.

The church needs Christians. We need Christians who understand what it means to have Christ’s righteousness wrapped around us. Because listen…that’s your uniform as a child of the Living God…His robe…Jesus’ robe. So suit up. Get your head right. Read His Word before coming to church. Spend some time with Psalm 100 and consider what it means to:

1. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2. Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3. Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5. For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

We need you.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2014 12:09 pm

    Excellent Psalm. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kim Hawkins permalink
    January 17, 2014 2:13 pm

    Great reminder … I’m in!!! Let the games begin! 🙂

  3. Ann permalink
    January 19, 2014 12:19 pm

    Truly a great message. Thanks, Adam!

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