You’re It

Walk His Way

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”  Psalm 32:8

Walk it Out

“But don’t forget: the Christian life is a ‘tag match,’ and we have The Champion in our corner!” This is the last sentence of chapter 10 in the book, Fox Fever by Herb Hodges.  Immediately, I wrote in the margin of that book, “I’m it – dated August 1, 2011.”

Have you ever played tag as a kid or maybe even as an adult?  We should never grow up in that sense, should we?  Vivid memories of running around silly with laughter, screaming and dodging the call, “You’re It!”  I chase my children even today, ranging in age from thirteen to twenty-four.  They would probably roll their eyes for my sharing this portrait.  It’s worth the eye roll, though.  They scream with laughter as they try to escape the grips of mom. When I catch up to my little girl and hear her shrieks, this makes the chase worth it all. Equally as fun when I finally track down, and yes, I do, my older boys, we are in stitches.  Of course, when they were younger they would call out, “Do it again, mom.” Nowadays, I am usually initiating this game of tag.

For this moment, I want to encourage you to imagine you and Jesus, running around and you’re playing a game of tag.  There is laughter, shrieks of joy, and bated breath.

Finally, He catches you.  

He has your attention.  

And He says, You’re it!

However, the laughter once heard is not present.  His smile has given way to a more serious expression.  His voice is clear, direct, and strong.  And you respond with, “Jesus, what are you saying to me?”

His response, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”  (Psalm 32:8)

But you want to stay right in this moment, playing tag, and so you reach out and tag His scarred hands – “Jesus, you’re it,” but He does not move yet responds, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. (Luke 10:2-3) And the field is the world.  (Matthew 13:38)

Can you imagine your expression now, not only as serious as His, but frightened?  The very image of it sounds terrifying, and so you tell Jesus these very sentiments.  After all, you are close, you love Him, and He knows your heart.  With perfect authority He says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:19-20)

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, we are grateful that you gave us life and placed this calling upon our hearts and minds.  We come to you, Abba Father, frightened and a bit overwhelmed with this task yet we come.  Thank you for your promise that you will be our guide, instructing, teaching, and counseling us along the way.  Thank you for keeping your eye upon us and never leaving our side.  We need you, and we are confident that on our own, we cannot do what you are so clearly asking us.  Please show us who needs you, and in your wisdom and strength, we will reach them, no matter what, one by one.  Amen.

Will you walk with me?

Can we be honest for a moment?

We are good at excuses and all the reasons we should sit on the sidelines or leave the game all together.  I know, because I have collected so many and used most for far too long.  Friends, you and I gain nothing that way and everything His way!

Do you know that every believer of Jesus Christ is to have on her heart what is on the heart of Jesus?  

Do you know that we are to love people and care about the condition of their hearts (and minds) and their eternal destination?

Do you know that there is only one race – the human race – and the God of all creation loves every single human being?

We can no longer sit on the sidelines.  Please look around.  We can no longer engage in a playful game that bears no eternal dividends.

We’ve got to get up.

We’ve got to get out.

We’ve got to get moving.  

We’ve got to give the Gospel of Hope.  

There are so many folks who want to know the truth.  They want someone to care enough about them to bear witness to this truth.  They want a friend who will offer them hope, the one that delivers.  They want to be a part of this mission.  They want to share global vision and this plan of action.  They want to walk with us.

Begin right where you are just as you are!  Jesus will meet you here yet He will not keep you here!  

Can you let go of your comforts and plans and give space for His care, counsel, and call on your life?

You’re it!  Now please go and tell someone else and remember – The Champion’s got your back!

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