It was billed as “The World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction” and “The Most Fun Place to eat in Branson.” The show features horses and very talented trick riders. Overall, it really was a good meal and a fun experience.
But, the horses and the trick riders were not what ended up capturing the hearts and attention of my family. We each mentioned the enjoyment we got out of the chicken races, miniature pig races, and the dog tricks. For the chicken race, young children were selected from the audience to “shoo” chickens from one end of the arena to the other. Hilarious fun! And if you haven’t seen miniature pigs race while jumping over hurdles, well, you’ve just not lived!
Why tell you about our experience at The World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction? – Because the “main thing” turned out not to be the main thing for us. What we had come out to see wasn’t what ended up capturing our attention. And friends, the same is often true regarding matters of faith as well. Frequently, the “main people” at church don’t reach everyone; God often uses us “fellow audience members” to grab the attention and impact the lives of others.
God undoubtedly uses “professional preachers” in mighty ways. However, many times He calls us “amateurs” out of the stands to reach individuals in ways pastors and preachers simply can’t. In fact, those who may most need to hear about a loving, caring, and forgiving God are the least likely to set foot in a church’s door. To reach them, God frequently calls you and me out of the stands to share His message of hope and love.
When He calls, will we faithfully step out? –Dave
“Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” (Luke 8:39)
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