Jackie Robinson said it: “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion, you’re wasting your life.”
I loved it when I read that, and I thought of Jesus as He went through the countryside and selected people to work with Him. He called them into the fray, “leave your nets…leave your families…leave the grandstands…come follow me. Heal the sick, cast out devils…take up your cross. Be lively, now. Don’t hesitate…don’t look back.”
The grandstand is not a place for us, the disciples of Christ. Never will we be content to slouch around, maintain a quiet, cool, observing only existence. No, we’re called to plunge headlong into the river of life…to heal the sick…to cast out devils…to wave an arm of encouragement…to gather up the fallen…to point the way to Jesus…to live overcoming, dynamic victorious lives.
Hey! Is that you up there in the grandstand? Get yourself down here and join up with us. There’s lots to do.