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Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NLT)
“Once you start listening to people in the stands, you will soon be sitting with them.” ~ Joe Kuharich, head football coach, college/national leagues.
And the same is true in life. Either we choose to sit in the stands or take a stand for something.
Something that matters. Like Christ, heaven, eternal life, and spiritual beliefs that line up with God’s truth.
The Free Dictionary describes take a stand. “Adopt a firm position about an issue.”
So, whether school, work, home, social events, government, or online. We stand up for what we believe in.
Four ways to take a stand for Christ.
1) Listen to the Lord to continue in His playbook.
Listening for positioning.
Positions on spiritual issues. And the mission fields where God calls us. But there’s a difference between hearing (physiological mechanics of the ear) and listening (attentive and processing).
But if we listen to people in the stands, who do not care what God’s Word says, it causes us to take our seat. It makes us fans of men sitting idly in the stands of life.
Ask: Where is the Lord strategically positioning me in my current life?
2) Stay in your position on the field.
Staying for playing.
Because when the going gets tough in the game of life, we stay or run away.
And as a Christ-follower, we stay on our mission field. God may not call us to cross the ocean to another country. Or, He might (I would love to go back to Africa one day).
But in the here and now, we cross the street and talk to our neighbor. Or, cross the hallway at work with the message of the cross.
Yet, our mission remains wherever we are now.
3) Guard you and your team well from the opponent.
Shielding not yielding.
Never yield to advice in the stands or to the enemy’s tactics.
Guarding is crucial to protecting, scoring, and the win. So, never let your guard down.
Instead, we must actively protect ourselves, our family, and our body of believers from the enemy. To gain the spiritual victory in the battle, in our lives, in our church, we must stand guard.
Ask: What’s the spiritual “win” in my personal life and on my mission field?
4) Keep the goal in mind.
Keeping by seeing.
Never lose focus of the goal. And never turn back.
Because in any sport, if we lose focus of the goal, we lose the game.
Ask: Are my eyes on the goal or have I turned back? Is knowing Jesus and making Him known my goal?
God, help me to take a stand for Christ instead of taking a seat in the stands of life. Amen.