Sunday, September 10, 2006

Revelation 14:1-7,13

It’s football season again and I joined a Fantasy Football league with four other guys from my work. We are all fans of football and this league gives us a forum and opportunity to demonstrate our fandom. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the talk you hear around the water-cooler at work: who’s going the win the next game; complaints about the referee’s call; can a player come back from his injury? It's folks wearing their favorite player or team jersey. It’s the exhilaration you feel when your team has done well and the dejection when they do poorly. Being a fan seems to bring some natural consequences and responsibilities – it’s what being a fan means.

Every job and position brings with it certain innate expectations and even responsibilities. I thought about this when I read the following excerpt from today’s passage:
Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth – to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (Revelation 14:6-7)

In his vision, John saw an angel. It was this angel’s responsibility to proclaim the Gospel to the whole earth. For those of us that have heard and received that message, we bear the same responsibility.

Just as naturally as a football fan roots for his player and team, we can proclaim the Gospel. We can use our words, our actions, our demeanor, and even the clothes we wear to promote Christ. We can think of ourselves as “fans” of Christ. The good news is that we already know that we’re rooting for the winning team.

Alan Davenport

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