Dangers of being a Spectator

maxresdefault_colorIt may surprise you to learn that a spectator in the stands faces more risk than the player on the field!  As a matter of fact, the weakest among us can participate in athletics, but only the strongest will survive as a spectator.  According to a heart specialist, when you become a sports spectator rather than a participant, the wrong things go up and the wrong things come down.  Body weight, blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, and triglycerides go up.  Vital capacity, oxygen consumption, flexibility, stamina, and strength go down. Wow!

Being an onlooker in the arena of Christian living is also risky.  The wrong things go up and the wrong things come down.  Criticism, discouragement, disillusionment and boredom go up if you are a mere spectator.  Sensitivity to sin and human need, and receptivity to the Word of God go down.  Sure, there’s a certain amount of thrill and excitement in hearing someone’s life story about how God has worked, but it’s nothing like knowing that joy yourself.  There is no substitute for cutting out your own path of peace, piling up your own experiences of faith and using your own God-given abilities on behalf of others.  What we’re saying is: it is better to be in the arena of activity than it is to be a spectator in the stands!

Don’t settle merely watching fellow believers perform for the Lord.  Nothing beats getting in there and being active yourself.  If you are to be an effective and useful Christian, you must venture out in faith.  And there is risk involved – that’s for sure.  But, remember, you’re taking a greater risk in being only a spectator. “Therefore let us also, seeing we compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1).  God called us to get into the game – not just to keep score.

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ABC’S of a Successful Gospel Meeting

Attend every service (Hebrews 10:25).

Bring others with you to every service (John 1:40 42).

Cooperate in every capacity (Titus 3:1)

Devote yourself fully to the success of this evangelistic effort (Acts 2:42 47).

Examine yourself in the light of every lesson presented (2 Cor. 13:5).

Faithfully receive every lesson presented as the word of God and not the word of men (I Thess. 2:13).

Gather your friends and relatives together as Cornelius did in order that they might hear the word of the Lord (Acts 10:24,27,33).

Hear with the view of believing and obeying the soul saving messages (Rom. 10:13 15).

Investigate the lessons by a daily study of the Sacred Scriptures (Acts 17:11).

Joyfully blend your voice with other Christians in singing the sweet songs of spiritual Zion (Psa. 18:24).

Kindly greet every person present and make them feel welcome, especially our visitors (Prov. 18:24).

Lend encouragement for others to accompany you to worship the great God of heaven (Psa. 122:1; Isa. 2:2 3).

Meet with Jesus and his people at each service (Matt. 18:20).

Neglect no opportunity to support the meeting in every way (James 4:17).

Obey the gospel during this evangelistic endeavor if you are not already a Christian (Rom, 10:17; John 8:24; Luke 13:13; Rom. 10:9 10; Mark 16:16).

Promptly be present at every service (Rom. 12:11).

Quench not the Spirit’s message from the Bible as the preacher gives it at each service (I Thess. 5:19).

Reverently participate in all phases of every service (Psa.89:7; Heb. 12:28).

Set your mind on things above for this meeting and continue that profitable habit onward (Col. 3:1 2).

Treasure up the nuggets of God’s truths which shall be spoken in this meeting (Psa. 119:11).

Utter a daily prayer for the meetings success (Col 4:2; I Thess. 5:17).

Vow to build up yourself in the faith that is most holy (Jude 20).

Worship the Lord your God at each service in the beauty of holiness (I Chron. 16:29; Psa. 29:2).

eXcuse yourself from none of these services (Luke 14:17 21).

Yield yourself with selfless consecration and total dedication to this great effort (Rom. 6:13).

Zealously promote this work  (Gal. 4:18).

~Robert R. Taylor, Jr