Do NOT Drop the Ball!!!

Meditation Journey Day 6

Hi Friend,

Dopped catch 23We have been exploring Proverbs 2:1-5 as a communication between Father God and us as His way/path to entering into a richer relationship with Him. Receiving the word is the first step in growing deeper in your relationship with God. It is no surprise that the first question or choice asked by the Father is about us accepting or taking in His Word. Yesterday we discovered that accepting begins with receiving THE WORD, Jesus Christ. We continue to receive the word as we daily chew on the Bread of Life which reveals the full counsel of God.  Therefore, how we actually receive the Word is critical to our progress in growing spiritually. Let’s look at this more…

 Proverbs 2:1-5

My son, if you receive (accept/take) my words and store up (hide) my commands within you, turning (inclining) your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for wisdom (insight) and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then (and only then) you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

                                 “My son, if you receive (accept/take) my words…”

The word “receive” means to accept or take. Receiving is dramatically demonstrated when a football “receiver” receives a thrown pass. The Receiver is the one running a pattern to catch the pass thrown to him. The purpose is for him to catch the passed ball to advance his teams efforts and make a score. The quarterback throws not only in the direction of the receiver; but towards the direction he hopes the receiver will go. If a touchdown is to be made the receiver must keep his eye on the ball until it is securely in his hands. The receiver must also disregard any opposing defender; not fearing the possibility he may be hit hard to try to cause him to drop the ball. He must catch the ball and quickly tuck it into his chest for the purpose of running and advancing the ball in the direction of the other team’s goal line. If the ball is caught (completed) the receiver becomes inflamed with passion to run and gain yards or make a touch town. This animates the player to face the danger of being hit and excites him to carry the ball for the team.

Droped catchBut if he does not keep his eyes on the ball or fears the opposition he will be distracted and miss the catch or drop the ball. Or if he fails to quickly tuck the ball into his body he is vulnerable to dropping or losing the ball when hit by the opposing team member. A dropped ball is an incomplete pass and the play ends. No yardage is gained and the “down” (One of four plays a team has to move the ball ten yards) is lost. The purpose for the receiver is brought to an end for that play and the whole team has not moved the ball. Every time a pass is not received it results in no gain for the receiver and the opposing team rejoices!

I took the time and space to explain the receiving of a pass because it is a clear metaphor of the importance of accepting the Word from Father God.

We are “Receivers” on the team called the Body of Christ. God the Father is sending us Words of Life to advance our growth that will impact the whole “team” and defeat the enemy’s plans and schemes. We must learn to receive well if we are to make progress and advance the Kingdom of God.

Receiving well requires that we keep our eyes on the Word (ball) and tuck it into our hearts so that we become the animated carriers’ of the Word. It changes us just like the Receiver who caught a pass. We become excited and want to run strong for the Lord. Receiving the word also empowers us to take “the hits” that are sure to come from our opposing enemy Satan, the world and our sinful natures.

Receiving the Word focuses our hearts on the goal of knowing Him and serving Him. It animates us by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Observation: Receiving the Word requires we accept that we are receivers of God’s Word. He wants to give us a message that will animate us to grow and advance His Kingdom in this world.

Interpretation: Just like the football player we must keep our eyes on the ball. Fixing our eyes on Jesus (Heb.12) through the word empowers us to run the race and stand against the enemy of our soul. The receiving is not just for me but advances the whole Body of Christ. When we fail to catch the message of Christ or drop it from our minds we lose our focus and spiritual growth is hindered.

Application Prayer: Father God, please help me to learn to keep my eyes on Jesus through the Word. Help me to take it deeply into myself that your Spirit may transform me and empower me to run daily the race of faith. Help me to remember that I am part of the whole Body of Christ and what you do in me impacts the spiritual progress of the whole team. Amen.

What is your take away?

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Thanks for listening. I hope you will pray for me and all the others that are on this journey. You may also want to send me comments, suggestions or questions. I promise I will respond to each inquiry.

 

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