Sardines. In this case, I’m not talking about the tiny fish crammed into a small tin container, but a game we played at camp this weekend. I’d never played before, and on the off-chance you’re not familiar with it either, here are the simple rules. One person hides, and then the rest of the players look high and low to find him.
However, unlike hide-n-seek, when the hidden one is found, the person who finds them doesn’t announce it to the rest of the group. No, instead of saying anything, they quietly join the original hider and together they wait for others to find the two of them. This continues until everyone has eventually found the group. To make the game more of a challenge, we played at night and allowed the hiders to use a big part of the campground!
During one round of the game, I was the first to find the person who was hiding. As I sat in the dark watching, listening, and waiting for others to find us, I couldn’t help but wonder if many of us are playing a ‘game of sardines’ with our faith. We, ourselves, may have found Christ, but instead of proclaiming Him clearly to those who are still searching in the darkness, we sit motionless and silent hoping that others might stumble upon the One we’ve found.
Folks, Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10) – not to hide from them and hope they find Him. If that’s what Christ did, shouldn’t we do likewise? Shouldn’t we bring those who are lost in the dark to the Savior we have found?
Souls are too precious to treat as sardines! –Dave
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (Mark 16:15)
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