"Put Me In Coach....I'm Ready to Play!"


It is Spring which means baseball season is now underway. For me, I like to follow the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves. I like the Cubs because they play with such great spirit though they always seem to be the underdog. I also love watching Cub fans. When my son, Drew lived in Wrigleville, we would walk by Wrigley Field as a game would be taking place. From the sound of the fans, you would think that the Cubs were winning the World Series. My heart would pound with excitement from just hearing the cheers of the fans.

The reason I follow the Atlanta Braves is that I grew up in Georgia and in the surrounding areas of Atlanta.  These days the Braves do fairly well but I do remember a time when they had to all but bribe people to come to the games. The team and the players were the source of many jokes on radio morning shows. Yet, somewhere along the way, they pulled it together and have created a fun team to watch.

Yesterday in  bible study, we focused on Matthew 28:16-20 which is known as The Great Commission.  In this passage Jesus tells His disciples to make disciples of ALL nations, to baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  As we leave the Easter Season and move towards Pentecost, we must continue to remember the teachings of Jesus, His ministry, and, most of all, this commission that He NOT only meant for His immediate disciples but for ALL future disciples.  We are included in His instructions.

It is Spring. We have celebrated the Risen Savior and ALL He did for you and me. Now, it is our turn to step into the game and carry on the Good News of the Risen Saviour.  Some of us may not have a lot of resources to offer in sharing the Good News but we can give with a heart of enthusiasm using the resources we are given.  We can give with enthusiasm just like those Cubs fans. Our  enthusiasm for Christ should be to the point that when someone passes by their heart pounds with excitement.

There are also some of us who have all kinds of resources but we are not using them in their fullest and/or we pick when to use our resources in being a disciple for Christ. We talk the talk but do we walk the talk? Does our witness having any meaning to others? Or, because we are back and forth, people doubt our abilities and our witness? In this instance, we need to step up our game. We have to start being the person God has called us to be and using the gifts and talents He has given us to bring others to Christ.  It is when we do this that people will begin to listen and want to come back to learn more about having Christ in their lives.

Do we give conflicting messages?

So, how about it? It is Spring. Christ has risen! The game is on.  Are you willing and ready to say; “put me in coach”? “I’m ready to play.”

"I'm ready to play. Are you?'