How to Get out of the Grandstands and onto the Playing Field by J. Gerald Harris

How to Get out of the Grandstands and onto the Playing Field
J. Gerald Harris
John 12:26

I have said it before, but I will say it again. The church is a lot like the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is often a picture of eighty to ninety thousand people in great need of exercise watching twenty-two men in great need of rest. And what I want to know this morning is this. Are you in the grandstand or are you in the playing field? Are you a participant or are you a spectator?

Maybe you are saying, "Well, there is just not much I can do. I don't have great intellect. I don't have a lot of charisma. I don't have any great qualities of leadership. I'm a one-talent person."

Well, let's just find out something here this morning. How many Rhodes scholars do we have in this congregation? Raise your hand. How many Miss Americas do we have here today? How many all-American football players do we have in our congregation? How many United States Senators do we have? (I guess we just don't have too many important people here.) Well, I just want you to know that God will be glad to use a nobody like you. That's right. I want you to turn to another passage of scripture. Turn to I Corinthians 1:26-28. Here we have a beautiful description of the kind of folks that God can use (read).

You see, the truth is that you don't have an excuse. God can use you if you will just make yourself available to Him. Somebody has said, "It doesn't take much of a man to be a Christian, but it takes all that there is of him." Friend, if you'll give God what you have, whether it be little or much, and you let Him fill it with His presence, it will be much. And God will take people like you and me and God will build this church and turn this nation and this world upside down for the Lord Jesus Christ.

So we need to get out of the grandstand and onto the playing field of Christian service.

Let's look at our text. The first thing that we notice as we look at John 12:26 is


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