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Armchair Quarterbacks

1 Corinthians 1: 6 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God.30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,  

Some of you may think that serving the Lord is foolishness, or someone is accusing you of being dumb for giving your life to follow a calling given by Jesus Christ.  Or  you may think you have no place in serving God because you aren’t one of the “it’ people.  Paul tells it like it is to the Corinthian church in a very straightforward manner.  Look at these verses from The Message translation and maybe it will make even better sense to you.  1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.

So many people want to “blow their horn” about how they serve Jesus, but they just “talk” and don’t “do.”  I have people like this come up to me all the time trying to tell me how to live my life and they don’t even live the life they are espousing for me to live.  I think they don’t realize that their words and advice to me is meaningless if I know they don’t even do what they say needs to be done.  I do the same thing when I watch a football game.  I will sit back and say “Why did they run that play?”  I have done that less and less through the years and it all started when I was able to be on the sideline of a New Orleans Saints Pro Football game.  I was standing next to an espn photographer at about the thirty yard line and the center hiked the ball and the action came our way.  The photography ran and yelled out “you better move!”  I did move and the tackle was made by the great Reggie White right in front of me.  He stood to his feet and it almost seemed like the sun was blocked out because of how big he was.  He looked at me, grunted, and then ran back on the field for the next play.  In shock at what had just happened, I turned and looked at the photographer as he took one shot after the other. He grinned and ran past me saying, “They are bigger than they look on tv aren’t they?”  To which I gave a broken voice answer “yeah.”  That changed the way I look at NFL games to this day.  It is one thing to watch a game from an easy chair and watch it on the sideline.  I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like on the field of play.

When Paul is admonishing those called people of the faith at Corinth he was telling them to quit looking at others play.  Get on the field!  He also told them that God uses those the world calls “nobodies” to do a great work for the kingdom.  We are just a group of amateurs who are serving a professional God, who is the best of the best.  So the next time you are trying to play armchair quarterback and judge what a called Christian is attempting to do, remember that if you haven’t been on the field of play, then you have not idea what you are talking about.  Arms length Christianity is not a “thing.”  It is a poor substitute for getting out there and making plays for the head coach of the universe.  Get in the game and get on the field.  You are  equipped with the power of God and you are ready to play, not just look on and complain. Run the race and do the plays that are called by God,  and not those called by weak-minded worldly people who have no  clue.  Hebrews 12:1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

The Pilgrimage continues…..

David Warren

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