He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying:
'We played the flute for you,
And you did not dance;
We mourned to you,
And you did not lament.'
Athletes need faith. It takes faith to do something hard. It takes faith to practice for a position you may not get. It takes faith to meet unknown opponents. It takes faith to believe you will win when the odds say you won't.
Performers need faith. It takes faith to do something few people do. It takes faith to rehearse for a role you may not get. It takes faith to meet countless competitors. It takes faith to believe you will rise when skeptics say you won't.
So who are the frauds without faith? They are followers of Jesus who don't follow.
They are performers for God who don't perform in the world. In the world? Yes! Jesus says in The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), which is His final parable, that we must invest God's talents in the world.
'Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations' (Matthew 28:19).
How? 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven' (Matthew 5:16). Who are 'they'? 'I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance' (Luke 5:32). When? 'Behold, I am coming quickly' (Revelation 3:11, 22:7, 22:12).
Consider this the final inning of the World Series. God gave you His talent, and you're called to bat or field or run. You're called to act or sing or dance. Should you refuse your turn and sit on the bench? Should you hide His talent in the dugout, your backyard or your church?
When the flute plays, dance. Therein, you are an actor, model and talent for Christ.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Little League Games series.