Mark 16:15 (ESV)
And he said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
I remember watching a football game one weekend. During one of the plays, a player fumbles the ball and all went down trying to recover the fumble. The person that came up with the ball also came up with a hurt leg. He was helped to the sidelines and was replaced with another player. Over the next few minutes, the play continued, and the camera panned to the sidelines where the player who was injured could be seen walking back and forth behind the bench with another person supporting him. It appeared that he was walking off the injury, which could have been a cramp in his leg.
As I was watching the game it made me think of something.
During our Christian walk in this world, we will at times be in the game, but at other times, for reasons such as hurt or anger or even needed times of rest, we will find ourselves on the sidelines. As in this sport, we will still observe the "game" of life going on nearby, while others come to our aid to support us in love and prayer as needed. The game will continue on, and soon, we will also be back in it.
Jesus walked it out for thirty years as a man on this earth, then He got back in the "game" for three years, teaching, praying, and healing the people of Israel. He calls us to get into the "game":
Dear Lord, thank You for the times that You walked among us, and that at the end of Your time, You gave Your life for us. Lord, help us to be in the game. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.