Hebrews 11:39-12:1 – And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
My twin brother and I were what you would call field rats. From the age of 8-14ish, we literally lived at the baseball field. Every day (showers were optional) we would wear the same hats, grab our mitts and go to the field. We would pay for our lunch by chasing down foul balls and turning them in at the concession stand. Nachos are the new Wheaties. Well, who cares about nutrition when you’re 8 anyway?
There is something about watching people play baseball, especially older people. We were amazed at how hard they could throw, how far they could hit the ball, etc. The smells of the field, the roar of the fans, the chalk lines, the smack of the ball in the catcher’s mitt, mix that together and you create fanatics. We loved summer time and baseball.
When we were still underage, therefore not allowed to be on a real team, it was the pick up games after the real game that we really loved. The older kids would be getting a game together, Mike and I would be right there saying, “Can we play?”
You can only watch and be inspired for so long before the desire to do your own Pete Rose into second base over whelms you. I want to get out there and hit the ball too. Let’s see if I can throw a curve too.
The writer of Hebrews tracked down a long list of all-stars. He talked about by faith Abel, and then by faith Enoch etc. It is an amazing list of heroes. Then there comes a time when the writer sums up the list mid stride and says, “Time would fail me to name everybody.” He just cut the list off when in fact he is just beginning to name the superstars of scripture.
I really think the athletes of faith that had gone on before, inspired the writer. So inspired, that he transitioned into saying, “Let us run.” To me that’s the same as saying, “I want to play!” I want to get out there and see what God will do for me by faith. Let me take a swing at some giants. Let me dive into the miraculous and believe God for an unprecedented miracle.
I have that old feeling I had back then, only now it’s for the things of God. I have heard of others breaking barriers, and walking on the water, etc. Can I play?
I think it’s time for us to ask God to put us in the game.
What will God do for this generation? It’s our turn.
- Unload the bench.
- Raving fans join the team.
- Weird teams are best.
- Big teams need smaller teams.
- Leave it all on the field.
- Play your position.
- Play to win.
- No timeouts.
- Celebrate wins.
- Take it for the team.
- Know what game you’re playing.
- Get your uniform dirty.
- Church is a team sport.