I went to watch two local teams play netball a couple of weeks ago, to support a specific player.
I was surprised to see how many people were there in their team’s colours (and as a one-eyed Melbourne Storm supporter, I understand that bit), but it got me to thinking about the people who were coaching, encouraging, and loyal to the team.
Those who, like myself on the day, were not actually there to play.
As a spectator, I paid to go and watch.
As spectators, people are wearing the colours and team jumpers.
As a spectator they knew all the moves and when to say the right things to encourage players.
But at no point could any of the spectators actually be a part of the team, go on the court and play the game, or even be a bit sweaty.
So it got me to thinking, are we spectators or are we actually on team Jesus?
For a lot of people, going to church and doing good things are what they do. But it won’t lead to eternal life, it’s just being a spectator.
Being a committed believer means being active.
If I use the netball metaphors, we defend those on our team, we aim high to reach the goals. We get sweaty.
We know our team well and play to our strengths and support the weaknesses of others.
Being on a team means not doing life alone, but walking/playing with others who will be willing to get dirty, go the extra mile and sit and support when the battlefield (court) is full.
I encourage you this week to think about your spot on the team.
Are you willing to do your part, be obedient to our coach (Jesus), live life to the fullest or are you willing to just sit and spectate at life?
~ Contributed by Captain Sandra Walmsley of the Deniliquin Salvation Army, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.