I’m not a sports fan, but I have been in stadiums and playing fields surrounded by people with their faces and–cringe–even their bodies painted out in team colors. Once I got caught off-guard by a green-man suit guy during an event as he sought to interact with me. Needless to say, I was slightly creeped out.
Still, it’s fun to go to a game and just sit and watch. The antics and craziness is worth every cent-whether or not your favorite team wins. Fans scream and yell, chest bumping on every good play or point. Catch a ball or get a high five from a player en-route to the change rooms and we are elated!
So what about us? Do we get psyched and excited during our time with the One who–according to a December 2013 Time magazine article–is the most significant person to have ever lived? Are we thrilled by His touch?
Yes, He does want to touch our hearts and lives. He’s designed us to get excited and to seek Him, allowing His Spirit to fill us and for Him to dwell in us.
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring’”—(Acts 17:26-28, ESV).
While we may not be painting our faces to go to a Bible study or worship, our faces should shine with excitement from the knowledge of what He’s done for us and who He is. He is not far from us, but is in us and our lives should be a reflection of His Spirit.
Lord, forgive us for being so bland in how we regard our time with you. Help us to get a fresh glimpse of your greatness and stir in us an outpouring of excitement so abundant that we would live to make you famous.