Yesterday I heard a sermon that reminded us of the mandate for us to be “salt” and “light” in this world. It was a great simple reminder that we are to be influencers… affecting the outcome of the game! We are called to live out our new identities in Christ in a way that will Make A Difference in this world for the good…
Yet many Christians simply want to ride the pines and watch the game, or get on the floor and just stand around. Most fail to recognize their spheres of influence. The reality is that we are each influencers – either to the good or to the bad. We each have a circle of influence that has a ripple effect to broader circles. And riding the pines or standing around are influencing actions that affect the team to the negative. (The pastor brought to remembrance George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life” and his desire to have never been born. In the movie he gets a glimpse of what things would be like without him around and sees the influence he has had...)
“In Christ” = “In the game”! You have a responsibility to influence for the positive. You have a responsibility to bring glory to the Father!
1 Peter 2:12 tells us that we should be active on offense! (Letting our good works bring glory to God)
1 Peter 3:15 tells us that we should always be ready on defense! (To give an answer for the hope in you)
2 Timothy 3:17 tells us that we all have what it takes to be difference makers! (Since the Word of God will equip us to do so)
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MAD Hoops Baby!
Get in the game today! (Or more accurately realize you are in the game and stop standing around!)
Make A Difference today! (Don’t be the kid sitting in the outfield grass picking flowers instead of doing his job for the team!)
You have a sphere of influence… what are you doing with it?