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Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Spectator Sport...

I am on the last chapter of the Mark Batterson book I am reading…Wild Goose Chase. The previous chapter made me squirm...actually most of the chapters have now that I think about it. The chapter was titled “Good Old-Fashioned Guts” and the particular section was titled “Spectator Sport”. Now you must understand that one of the things I like about Mark Batterson is his sarcasm and his ability to stomp the life out of your toes but make you laugh while you are crying through the lesson. A lot of his humor comes in the form of the titles. If you do not like dry humor or sarcasm…do not read his books!

The section discusses how church has become for way too many Christians a “Spectator Sport”. Here is my version…he doesn’t go into this scenario, but I think it makes it clearer. We come to the stadium (church) on Sunday morning and we get in our seats. We pay our ticket price (tithes) but we don’t do it because we want too, we do it because we fear that they will make us sit in cheap seats! We pay out of requirement, not out of love for giving and we don’t give sacrificially only the minimum to get by. We sing our anthem (praise music). And the umpire yells “play ball” (Associate Pastor opens with prayer). Then the game ensues (Pastor delivers message). When the game ends (alter call and dismissal), we return home and carryout our normal lives…then we go to the stadium again next Sunday ready to watch our team perform. We just hang out with friends and maybe tail gate a little (lunch at Pizza Inn). Reality is that we can attend the game and NEVER even participate! We can fill the stadium and MISS the entire point of the game (otherwise called LIFE)!

But I tell you…here’s what hurt the most…”Spiritual spectatorship takes many forms, and some of them actually seem noble”. OUCH! “some of them actually seem noble”. Giving to missions is an example he uses in the book. Giving is very noble on the outside. But if you do not give out of love…it’s worthless. Or if God is calling you to GO instead of merely give financial support…then giving in this case is disobedience! How many other functions do we do at church that seem noble and yet are NOT? Attendance? Praise and Worship? Prayer? The list goes on.


I challenge you to look at your “game participation” this week and determine if you can do things differently so that you are a part of the game and not merely a spectator. How can you make the most out of your worship experience? How can you get involved in something that builds God’s Kingdom? How do you get out of the rut of being a spectator? I don’t know the answers, and I certainly don’t know where you are in your walk with Christ. I am praying for God to show us all (especially me ;) how to improve our “game participation” because everything can be continually improved until He returns or calls us home!

In Him,
Kristy =)

1 comment:

  1. Kristy, Me again... I actually got this out of the Women of Joy conference. Not so much from the things that were said but from the whole experience. You get so pumped up during services and worship sessions like that - I didn't wanna come home (literally). WOW... to worship like that every service; to be that involved in a service like that every week. Surely I couldn't do that at home. But as the weekend progress and finally on Sunday when it was ending : ( I decided that if my worship experience wasn't like that every week then it was my own fault. It doesn't take a Travis Cottrell or anyone like him to make my worship experience. It takes me having a willing heart ready for worship. Couple that with the message Beth Moore does on TC's Jesus' Saves CD it has changed my heart and mind. She says sometimes we Praise first and feel it later. Even if we don't feel like it. So no longer will I be a spectator or pout if I don't think the service was great. If I feel that way....It is my Own Fault. Church is there for our involvement. We will only get what we take out of it. If we only give a little whether it be time, money,etc we can not reap the full benefits of God. We can not experience JOY unspeakable which leads us to a heart of worship and that draws us closer to the ONE ABOVE. YES till HE returns or call me home...I'll be striving to get as close to Him as I can. Tammy