Somewhere on every fourth grade playground during recess is a pickup game of basketball or kickball where two captains are identified and teams are picked . . . the clumsiest, more visually-challenged and most socially disconnected will be selected last . . . some will even be left out of the game.
Unfortunately, this childhood playground practice continues well into adulthood and often is conducted by lives wearing the banner “Christian”. Scripture is extremely bold and matter-of-fact on this topic, clearly teaching that many who identify themselves as “in” will be “out” when it comes to the fulfillment of God’s kingdom.
One thing for sure, God does not want any uncertainty in our heart when we stop to ask this question: “Am I even really alive or have I just been religiously busy?” To help answer this soul-searching question, He was gracious enough to give us a single passage of scripture that separates “Christian” from “Christ-follower” . . . the Divine sifting point that separates those who are “Busy for God” from those who are “Alive in Christ”. From I John 4 we read,
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love . . . this is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus . . . This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us.”
This is David “JB” Miller reminding you that God always knew that when left to our own desires, we tend to try to line up others around our wishes, our priorities and our pursuits . . . so they can be in “our” lives. But the signature of a “fan” of God becoming a child of God is proven in the way we lose our life into the lives of others and selflessly extend the invitation . . .
. . . “Let’s ride!”.