If You Want to Play then Get off the Bench

Good Thursday Morning my friends,

When you were a kid and playing in your neighborhood, most of the time if you lived around other kids there would always be some kind of game that would break out that involved picking teams. Growing up in Watauga, I lived on a court that at one time had at least 40 kids. We were always playing football, baseball or kickball. A lot of the time we would play all three in a given day if it were on Summer break.

For the most part we always tried to be fair on who would be captains to pick the teams. It was either the two worse players, the two best or two avg. I don’t like to toot my own horn but growing up I was always athletic. I was always one of the fastest & strongest and to top it off I was very competitive. You can bet, if I was playing in something competitive then I was doing everything I could to win. Actually it didn’t matter what it was I was trying to win..
The world we live in is a lot like the games we played when we were kids. We have two sides to chose from. We can either chose to be like most in society and walk down that wide road that leads to destruction or we can chose the narrow path that leads to eternal life. We can chose the easy path and serve Satan or when more difficult path and serve Christ. But you can’t chose to serve both. You can’t have one foot in and one foot out.. You’re either committed to Christ or you’re serving the flesh..

When I walked the aisle on Nov 13th 2011 and gave my life to Christ, I had enough. I had been living my life straddling the fence for 30+.. I had been using Jesus as a “get out of jail free” card. I treated Him as if He was nothing more than “fire insurance.” I called upon Him when I needed to bailed out of a mess and I would promise to be different but my actions never changed. I had never received Jesus personally by faith. I never approached Him with a repentant heart. I was like many others. I went through the motions because living of the world in the flesh was more fun. It was more exciting.. I could drink, do drugs, flirt with all the women and look at porn. I walked the aisle when I was 12, made a profession of faith, fill out a card and became part of a denomination but that was it… I had religion.. Religion was in my life but I wasn’t a Christian. Religion is man trying to reach up to God. Christianity is God reaching down with a blood stained cross lifting me up out of the muck & misery of my sin..

I am on Jesus’ team now. I’m playing to win not to just show up and been seen.. I want to be a star for Him and Him only. It was because of Him that I was snatched from Satan’s grip, turn away from the gates of Hell and now on my way to spend Eternity with my Savior. In today’s Scripture we are commanded by Jesus to get off the sidelines and go play on His team. You don’t have to worry about being the strongest, quickest, prettiest, or skinniest. He wants YOU to be on His team…

Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

My CHALLENGE PRAYER for you… Choose to play with Jesus and go serve Him with ALL you have..

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day.. Blessings & much love….D

Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!!

#last24

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