Where are you these days?  Are you in the middle of the action making your life count, or are you standing on the sidelines?  Today King David sidelines himself and in the he process opens the door to a world of woe.  A world I would prefer to avoid…

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces. He laid waste the land of the Ammonites and went to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem…
1 Chronicles 20:1

Remember the story of David taking advantage of Bathsheba?  This is how it starts. This is how David got himself in trouble.  Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, right? I had never noticed this verse until someone I was reading pointed out that the King who was always at the front of the charge was suddenly not even on the battle field.

And when we go from being in the middle of the action to the sidelines, we sideline ourselves in the process.  Isn’t that redundant?  Sort of, but worth pointing out.  From the point if view of being in the centre of the will and plan of God, and achieving our mission on earth, when we put ourselves on the sideline, we sideline our impact for the kingdom.

For David, this came in the form of sexual temptation, yet I am betting there were other things creeping into his life as he sat on a lounger being fed grapes.  Which very simply brings me back to me…

Whether it’s family, church ministry, community involvement, missions, outreach, career, or anything else, the sideline is the sideline.

Am I in the action where I am supposed to be, making my life count? 

We aren’t all called to be in the same action – I get that… Yet we are called to be in the action.  Jesus didn’t spend three years in the middle of the action with twelve disciples so that the church could spend the rest of this age on the sideline.  Jesus wants to be with us in the middle of everything – impacting our world for him, in him, and with him.

Today I am asking God what action I am to be in,
And I am ready to get off the sidelines.
Put me in coach…


Marc Kinna


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