It’s the bottom of the ninth.
The bases are loaded.
You’re down by 3 runs, and you are up to bat.
You would really like your team to win, so you swing at the pitch …
In that moment, your team needs you because you’re the person who has the opportunity to make the greatest difference at that moment.
That baseball scenario is similar to your role in making disciples of Jesus Christ.
The harvest is plentiful.
There are a few billion souls to be saved.
The enemy keeps on lying and leading people astray and he’s currently ahead in the head count; now your neighbor asks you a question about your faith.
You are up to bat!
Quite literally, from a disciple-making perspective.
God doesn’t need us in order to bring the lost to Him, but He has chosen to use us as His instruments in taking His message of reconciliation to the lost …
all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through
Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For
God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting
people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of
reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!'” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.
What do you do? Will you take a swing at the pitch … will you speak for Christ when there’s an opportunity? Or will you just stand there, and allow a strike out because of your passivity?