Teams had gathered for an athletic competition. The person who was to sing the National Anthem was a ‘no-show’. Moments passed as everyone seemed perplexed about what to do. Then a young man who was in the group waiting to compete stepped forward and sang the National Anthem. Someone there captured the moment on video and posted it. It went viral and thousands viewed the the event. Eventually, national television aired the incident of the courageous young man standing up and honoring flag and country.
There is a message in this event for those of us who are Christian believers. The scripture says, “Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy” (I Peter 3:15, MSG). In Paul’s instructions to Timothy, he urges Timothy to be “instant in season and out of season” to share the gospel (2 Timothy 4:2, KJV).
We need to be prepared to stand up and speak up for Jesus. Like the young man mentioned above, we never know when such a moment may present itself. The first lines of the hymn “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” emphasize this point:
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high his royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
The banner the young athlete was standing up for was the American Flag. The banner for which Christians need to stand and the banner we must lift is the Cross of Christ. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32, NKJV). As believers, we ought to be ready at all times to let our witness be seen and heard. Always we should do so with “upmost courtesy”. The NIV translation says, with “gentleness and respect”. But, stand we must if we are to follow the Lord’s plan for helping to redeem a lost and dying world.
Most of us regularly have opportunities to share our faith. May we be up to the challenge of utilizing these openings to tell others the ‘good news’. The eternal destiny of someone may rest in part on our willingness to stand up for the Savior.
Prayer: Lord, today send an opportunity my way to be Your witness. I want to do my part in lifting You up. I will take a stand.
~ Brother Roy