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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
TITLE: The Receiver
By Susan martin
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When the play is called the receiver knows where he needs to be to catch the ball that his quarterback is throwing his way. With studying of the game plans and practice prior to the game, the receiver knows how far he needs to run and where he needs to be in order to make that catch.
Sometimes, however, the opposing team has an idea of what play is coming up, and so it goes with some of the well made plans, the receiver is not going to make his destination and may even end up on the opposite side of the field or farther away, but the quarterback always seems to know where his receiver is and can make the adjustment and still land the ball safely into his receiver’s hands.
The exciting part of the game is when the opposing team surrounds the receiver and the ball is in the air; all I could think is “how is he going to catch that now?” When he does make the miraculous catch the fans in the stadium roar with joy as the receiver runs across the field back to his quarterback and they celebrate together.
What I do watch with anticipation is how the receiver acts when something goes wrong and he doesn’t make the catch or even fumbles. His actions at that moment, shows his true character. Does he yell at the other team that it is their fault? Does he do or say things that they need to censor out, or does he run up to his quarterback and ask him why did he throw the ball in the first place when he saw everyone heading there?
What I see the majority of the time, is the receiver picking himself up and jogging back to the huddle next to his quarterback, his quarterback patting him on the back and then getting ready for the next play. What this individual does reflects a lot to me, and the millions of people watching, and if his reaction to the situation is undesirable, then I will probably not be watching that team anymore.
This is how I feel my walk is everyday with the Lord. People watch what my testimony is when God, my quarterback, throws something my way. Do I catch what He is throwing me and run for the touchdown and the blessings waiting there? Or what do I do if the pass He is sending my way is knocked out of my hands by an illness, financial problem or car trouble? My reaction is going to be watched not only by other fellow believers (His fans) but also by the rest of the crowd, some of whom are not sure yet what side they are going to take until they see what the team is like.
For me, I want to pick myself up and jog back to the huddle, and then with God patting me on the back I will ask Him what His next play is going to be for me, because when the game is over our true victory will not just be from winning the game, but will also be from how many more ‘fans’ are part of our team.
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