Walter Payton was an all pro running back for the Chicago Bears. Walter maximized his time on and off the field and he was an extremely disciplined athlete. As believers, we have to be strategic in studying the word of God, because we are called to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ. If we want to be great in the Lord, then we must be disciplined.
Each week on Alive and Active, Ron Brown and Mike Bliss dive into Scripture with real life discussion and life applications of Biblical precepts for men today. Ron Brown is a thirty-two year veteran college football coach. He is well known in Nebraska for leading and challenging men to live all out for Jesus Christ. Co-host Mike Bliss has ministered to Nebraska men with Ron Brown for years. The Alive and Active radio program is a result of Ron and Mike’s desire to reach the state of Nebraska for the Gospel challenging men to “get off the bench and into the game for Jesus Christ!”
In 2nd Samuel 19, David gets up and takes his seat in the gateway. David showed great resiliency after getting kicked out as king. At times, we've all blown it in life and we've all sinned and missed opportunities to follow the Lord. However, God is for us and we can go to the Lord with wisdom and get back in the paint with Him. Be a comeback king and get off the floor, just like David it did.
Colossians 3:23 says "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters." In Super Bowl 27, the Dallas Cowboys were crushing the Buffalo bills, and the game was almost over. The Bills quarterback fumbled the ball and a Dallas Cowboys defender, Leon Lett, picked up the ball and ran it almost 60 yards to the end zone. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Don Beebe sprinted and knocked the ball out of Leon Letts hands right at the goal line, which prevented a Dallas touchdown. Don had the right attitude in Christ and he knew that God had called him to maximize his ability and talent and he was working for the Lord and honoring him with his play. We too can work heartily for the Lord, no matter the situation.
In 1st Samuel 19, Joab tells David the hard message that he needs to get up and stop sulking over the death of his son Absalom. David responds by getting up and getting back into the game. When life hits us hard, we have to immediately go to the Lord, get off the floor, and live the resurrected life that He gives.
In 2 Samuel 18, David hears the news that his son Absalom has died and he weeps bitterly for him. As believers, there's a time to grieve and there's a time to get back up. There are a lot of people dealing with grief and the solution is the Gospel of Jesus Christ because that is where our hope lies. God so loved us that he gave up his only Son, Jesus Christ.
In 2nd Samuel 18, Joab disobeys David and kills his son Absalom. Joab throws Absalom in a pit and piles a large heap of rocks over him. If Absalom and Joab had an epitaph written about them, it would probably state that they were rebellious and disobedient. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to live out the calling in our life. What would people put on your tombstone? As long as we have breath, we still have a chance to recalibrate our lives for maximum Kingdom impact.