First String


We will rejoice in you and be glad;

We will extol your love . . . ”

–Song of Songs 1:1

Have you ever gone to a game and experienced the flush and excitement of the crowd, the intensity as the clock ran down to the two-minute warning with the score so close that either team could win?

We have shouted and cheered.  We have experienced the intensity and excitement.  The more thoughtful among us have also wondered at the human capacity to become so vocal at a game, yet most of us do. Now add to the mix someone you love out there playing on one of the competing teams.  Talk about thrilling!  Can’t you feel the adrenaline pump?

 The Holy Spirit is teaching me to be as excited about Jesus.  Jesus is my Champion.  He’s the Champion of Love.  The Bride of Christ is my team.  We’re at the two minute warning and the other team seems to have the lead.

Greatest of all . . . I’m not just a spectator or bench-warmer, I’m one of the players. We’re all first-string –EACH ONE.  My job, your job on the team is invaluable and all of creation is watching us. We are on display to the powers and beings in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6:10ff). Let’s get excited about THAT!  Let’s express our excitement by playing the game wholeheartedly–worship, fellowship, prayer, giving, caring, sharing, these are the plays that we need to be doing over and over to win . . . and win we will.

The game is ours.  Our Champion not only leads the way, but will play in us. And He has beat this team before.

What will your game be like today?

©2011, David C Alves

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