Most of us probably played “Red Rover” when we were kids. Historians aren’t sure, but that silly game may have been around since the 11th century. The word “rover” is apparently a Norwegian term that means “pirate.” Supposedly, the game mirrored the early English kids shouting taunts at the Viking (Norwegian) invaders.
The game is played with two rows of kids holding hands, urging someone from the other row to run and try to break their “chain.” If they succeed in breaking the chain, they capture someone for their own team. I used to love the game, but modern lawsuits have caused it to be banned from schools for being too dangerous.
I couldn’t help but think about that game as I listened to Jeff’s message this week, “You’ve Been Called Out.” In 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3, we see the Apostle Paul calling out the believers. He was summoning and encouraging those early Christians to spiritual action, a change in their behavior.
“Red Rover, Red Rover! Calling Timothy or Silas right over.”
It might be helpful this week to imagine ourselves in that game. What if our Christian life was reviewed? Are we walking in a manner that displays our faith? Is our service out of love? Are our motives for that service rooted in gratitude? Are we living in hope, with our eyes firmly focused on Him?
I am certain that our community at Coast will not be lining up in the parking lot next Sunday, and I am grateful that our walk with the Lord is covered with so much grace. Still, I wonder if some examination every now and again might be a good thing.
That examination doesn’t have to be public. However, it does need to be genuine and heartfelt. Maybe this week you can join me in a private game of Red Rover. Just call yourself out and ask some penetrating questions. Questions like: Does the Lord have my whole heart? Am I living for Him or for other stuff? Do I routinely lean on His Spirit for direction and comfort? Is He first in everything?
The Old Testament prophet, Haggai, calls us out this way: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much but harvested little…” (Haggai 1:5). Truly, there should be spiritual fruit in the life of every believer.
“Red Rover, Red Rover…”
Get ready, the Holy Spirit might be calling YOU out this week!