If you know me, you will know that I am not a sports fan. I like outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, canoeing, and rafting, but team sports were never really my thing. I played little league baseball for one season, soccer for two, and track for three. Sitting on the sidelines because you were not one of the more talented athletes, can be disheartening, but fortunately God looks at us differently.
The following paragraph is a quote from Bishop Julian Dobb’s Pastoral address at the 2019 Synod. Our bishop used to play rugby and shared with us this aspect of game play called ‘injury time,’ to motivate us to get into the game. “When a rugby game reaches the end of the allotted 80 minutes of game time, the referee, if he chooses to do so, may play extra time for injuries that have slowed down the game. In injury time, there is a window of opportunity to make a play and score points" (the outcome of many serious international rugby games has been changed during injury time). In Luke chapter 9, time is essentially up, the disciples are calling for judgement on a Samaritan village which rejects the lordship of Jesus, but in chapter 10 Jesus says, there is a window of opportunity for the offer of salvation to the whole world. This is not yet the time for judgment. We might say of May 17, 2019 that we live in injury time as far as the history of the world is concerned. There is a moment of opportunity. It is not yet time for the final whistle. You can find his entire Pastoral Address in the link below. https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.cloversites.com/83/835b7ff2-914d-435a-97f2-c22ad3966ee2/documents/Pastoral_Address_Public_2019.pdf So we live in ‘injury time.’ We have the opportunity to share the Gospel with someone even now. There is still time for you to speak to a friend about Jesus. If you are reading this and you do not believe in Jesus, there is still time. There is an opportunity to win the biggest game there is, bigger than the Super Bowl, the World Series, or the World Cup. Heaven is just a prayer away. Turn from your sin and believe that Jesus died and rose for your sins and you are on the path! Romans 10:9 English Standard Version (ESV) because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. We so often make it harder than it really it. It is not all that hard. In addition, we should not get wrapped up in what to say, because God will help with the words. But this requires action on our parts. A little bit later in Romans it says the following: Romans 10:14-15 (ESV) 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Don’t think that this means that only clergy are witness. We are all called as ministers for Christ. Finally let me just add that we need to be enthusiastic like a certain Old Testament prophet, Isaiah: Isaiah 6:8 English Standard Version (ESV) And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” I pray that you talk to God and ask him to send you into the harvest. Send me in coach! Matthew 9:37 English Standard Version (ESV) Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
A blog by Deacon Greg Ventura