Catching the Fever
You ask anyone in the Bay Area what they are doing this afternoon and they will all probably say the same thing, “I’m watching the game.” 49er fever has swept across the Bay Area and everyone wants to see their team go for their sixth Super Bowl championship. I’ll admit, I’m a fan and I can’t wait to see the Niners win the trophy. I wonder how many people have put just as much emphasis on church as they have on the game.
How many people tonight will not be at services because they would rather watch the game instead of be at church? How many people caught Niner fever, but dodged the bug of attending services? Let us consider a few things about catching the fever for Jesus Christ.
- With a fever comes heat. Are you on fire for the Lord? Paul instructed the Thessalonians “Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:19). In other words, “don’t let your passion die out.” How many of us are passionate about the Lord? Do you get fired up when someone asks you about Jesus Christ and the Bible? Do you get excited when someone wants to know more about your faith? Do you look forward to attending services to spend time with your brothers and sisters in Christ? John wrote, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:15-16). Don’t become lukewarm. Keep the fires of passion burning for the Lord.
- With a fever comes a remedy. Except in this case the remedy is not for the fever, it’s for sin. Jesus Christ “came to seek and save the lost” (Lk. 19:10). He came to cure the sickness of sin, the question is: are we sharing the cure? We have the message of Jesus, the remedy to sin, and it’s our responsibility to share that message. Are you cured from sin? Are you helping other people cure their sins? The answer is in Jesus Christ.
Have you caught the fever? Are you living your life for the Lord? Is your heart on fire for God? It’s time to start sharing the Gospel. Enjoy the game today, but I hope to see you back this evening.