I have been thinking about the difference between being a spectator and a participant. I like to watch baseball and football. I like to watch baseball more. I was reflecting on why that is. My previous employer owned a baseball team. So, that introduced me to the sport. I learned players names. I learned some of the strategies of the game and the meanings of the many terms used. I have not really made that kind of investment into football. So, my level of knowledge helps to contribute to my love of the sport. I watch people that are very passionate about TV shows, cars or football for example. They seem to know everything about their love and take every chance to speak about it, share it with others. Fair enough, now does that apply also to my faith life?
Through the Holy Spirit, I had a conversion experience where God the Father introduced me to Jesus. I had a love for God but I was still a spectator. People might ask me about why I love Jesus and all I could say was, “because I do.” Then I started to learn more about my faith through scripture study. by reading the bible and other great works. I attended and still attend classes to help me better understand salvation history. I soon realized that the history I was learning was not just the history of Jesus and God’s people but it was my history. I am part of salvation history by virtue of being an adopted son of God.
By virtue of our baptism, we have been given the Holy spirit, we have become adopted children of God. let us then take the time to learn and then to share him with others, like the early Christians, with passion and conviction sharing our shared history in Christ.