The world is passionate about spectator sports, music and art. A hundred men on the football teams and 100,000 watching. Garth Brooks on stage with a backup band and 20,000 in the audience. The Louvre sees thousands of visitors every day. On line book dealers sell thousands of books an hour.
We would like to be the next greatest athlete or performer. We dream of painting a masterpiece or writing the next great novel. Mostly we sit on the sidelines and cheer.
When young David arrived at the big battlefield he found literally thousands of men standing on two sides of the field dressed for battle but no one was fighting. Each side was roaring with exclamations of fame yet down on the fighting floor only one man stood. He was shouting insults, not only at Israel’s army but also at Israel’s God.
David began to ask questions. Why are you all standing around and doing nothing was the theme of is words. He asked a question they didn’t want to answer. “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the Living God?” The army of the Living God was falling back. They wanted to sit down and watch. David, stood up.
David went to the king and said to him, “Let no man’s heart fall on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Saul tried to make excuses for him. He didn’t want to stand up or step out and he looked with scorn at the one who did. David mentioned that he was going alone. When he stepped out he wasn’t alone.
The giant Goliath laughed; David gathered stones. The Philistine had stood up and stepped out and now he dreamed of doing. He held a sword and a spear but instead of using them he watched. A person can stand up and step out but never do. David advanced, sling twirling. Samuel says, “that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.” As he ran he acted. David stood up, stepped out and did.
Make a list of people from history who stood up, stepped out, and acted. In many cases, what they did changed the world. When the temple guards came to the garden, Jesus stood up. He stepped out to meet them and when the time came he acted. His sling was a cross but it struck the giant of Evil in the forehead. Which was harder, the giant or the cross?
Spectator or participant? Which will you be today? Sit and complain or will you take action? Look around you. What needs to be changed, what giant destroyed, what cross borne? It’s time isn’t it? Stand up, step out, do it.