Spectators or Participants

The Lord did not call us as Christians to be spectators; He called us to be active participants of His work as we Minister to Him in Worship and to His people in love. I am not a fatalist or pessimist when it comes down to the church. I am not a great scholar of the Word of God. Nevertheless, I know the Word enough to know that the church is the best thing on this earth.


The Lord did not call us as Christians to be spectators; He called us to be active participants of His work as we Minister to Him in Worship and to His people in love. I am not a fatalist or pessimist when it comes down to the church. I am not a great scholar of the Word of God. Nevertheless, I know the Word enough to know that the church is the best thing on this earth. The church will only get better and better, to the point that one day we will be without spots and wrinkles. However, part of the process for God to prepare His bride includes Him speaking, fixing, restoring, equipping and rebuking His people.

 

As a good coach gets in his team’s face and trains them as he prepares them for the great game, how much more is God preparing us? He will indeed, get in our faces, push us, encourage us and correct us in our errors; not with the objective of humiliating us, but with the objective of helping us grow and preparing us for battle as we go out and minister to others. The problem is that many in today’s church are just spectators; they are satisfied with sitting on the bench week after week. Some sit back and criticize as if they are not a part of the team.

 

Can you imagine someone being a part of a team and not wanting to play? Can you imagine that same person criticizing his team when he/she refuses to play and help the team? Week after week the coach asks him/her to go in and play and week after week he/she refuses. That is exactly what we are dealing with in many areas of the church. Many see themselves as fans and some others as spectators, but they are not realizing that they are undeniably a part of the team and if the team is losing, in part, it’s because of their irresponsibility, laziness, apathy and cowardice.

 

God has placed in you the answer for what His church needs; release today that River of Living Waters. You are a part of the team; will you help us today?

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

2 thoughts on “Spectators or Participants”

  1. GREAT blog, Angel. This is very poignant. Hits the mark right on. I preached a similar sermon years ago with a similar topic. People do not want to hear this but the point still needs to be shouted from the mountain tops.

    Jon

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