Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

More Than a Spectator

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Anyone who has grown up in America has been introduced to spectator sports. This is any sport where people come for the sole purpose of watching. Although spectator sports are not unique or original to our culture we seem to have taken them to another level. The Colosseum in Rome seated 50,000 spectators. We have arenas in America that are both smaller and larger than this, but we have greatly expanded people’s ability to be spectators. People no longer have to attend the sporting event to be a spectator. They can keep up with the event via television, radio, or the internet. This year just over 71,000 people attended the Super Bowl, but more than 108 million watched it on TV. We have boldly surpassed the spectator sports of ancient times.

Being a spectator does not simply apply to sporting events. We have become a nation of spectators. We would rather sit on the sidelines and observe a professional than participate ourselves. We buy professionally recorded music instead of spending the time to learn how to play an instrument. We are spectators rather than participants when we listen to music, watch a movie, sit in front of the television, and attend a sporting event. We have become spectators to nearly everything, including life itself. Many people would rather watch life happen (reality TV), than live it themselves.

There is nothing inherently wrong with attending the occasional sporting event, going to a movie, or listening to your favorite musical artist, but there is something wrong when being a spectator becomes a way of life. We live in a culture that is happy to watch from the stands, but as Christians we are called to get into the game. We must be active participants in both life and worship.

Life – Jesus came to earth so that we might have abundant life (John 10:10). Abundant life is not sitting in front of the TV in our pajamas. It is a life that is actively involved in the work of God. Life happens when we step out of our comfort zones and we extend hospitality to others. It happens when we fully trust Jesus and follow in His steps.

Worship – The body of Christ assembles together on the first day of the week to worship God. Worship is an activity that every member of the body is expected to participate in. Our minds and our actions should be devoted to honoring and praising God. He alone is worthy of worship.

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