I love football. I love the emotion of it especially...the emotion that can build when your team seizes momentum and also seizes control of a game. I love being part of the crowd, pulling together for that team and cheering together for them. But lately I've been thinking that I'm tired of being in the crowd...I want to be on the field. Not on the "football field", that's for sure...no team would benefit from that! But on God's field. I'm tired of being a spectator...or having a spectator mentality. We weren't made to watch others perform as active Christians! We were made to participate with Him...on His field. So I looked up a few "participation" verses to motivate that direction:
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 10:16 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it).
2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Now let's get out there and participate in Him and with Him and for Him! He is the winning team.