Crash the Net
Luke 10:2 - And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Romans 10:14-15 -How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Isaiah 6:8 - Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
Matthew 10:16 - Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
Crashing the net - an aggressive strategy in which a forward charges towards the opponent's net in hopes of deflecting a shot, banging in a loose puck, obstructing the goaltender's view, or simply creating mayhem that could lead to a scoring chance for his team. Done with or without the puck, crashing the net means going into an area where you’re likely to take a beating, but that’s where goals are scored. I believe sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the spiritual comparison of crashing the net in hockey. You’re likely to get beat up, but this is where souls are scored.
It takes courage for a hockey player to crash the net, but it takes much more for a Christian to ‘crash the net’ and take the good news of Jesus Christ into unknown or hostile territory. Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go! There is great work to be done! Luke 10:2 - And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” There is a need for people to hear the Gospel (Romans 10:14-15, see above).
Hockey players are willing to risk taking a hard hit, injury, loosing teeth, etc. because they seek the thrill of winning and to build their own kingdom through others recognizing their accomplishments. We give titles that no one will remember and trophies that will tarnish and rust. The apostle Paul noted this when addressing the Corinthians (1 Cor 9:24-25) – he said look at the Olympians and how hard they strive for a wreath (or gold medal) that will perish. As Christians we should strive even harder than an Olympic gold medalist because we will receive an imperishable wreath. So as Christians, how much more should we crash the net and risk? We risk being hated (Matt 10:22), division within our family (Matt 10:34-36), physical and spiritual persecutions (2 Cor 11:22-26, Ephesians 6:10-18), and even death (Matt 20:28, Acts 7:57-60). Sounds like a tough area, being sent like sheep amongst wolves (Matt 10:16) – why would anyone go there? Because the rewards are far greater than the consequences.
Christians seek eternal reward from the Creator of Heaven and earth. We receive eternal life (1 John 2:25), adoption as sons and daughters of God (1 John 3:1), forgiveness of sins (1 John 1:9), love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control (Galatians 5:23), and treasure that cannot rust or be stolen (Matt 6:19-21). We get to have a personal relationship with God forever (Revelation 21:3-4). Jesus told us that the harvest is plentiful, which means there are a lot of people out there who would ‘crash the net’ and risk alongside us if we told them the rewards they can have if they put their hope in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We need courageous men and women of faith who will ‘crash the net’- are you one of them?
Is there someone in your life who you need to share the good news of Jesus Christ with?
What holds you back from sharing your faith more often?
Additional reading annotated in the text
Posted on Mon, March 11, 2013
by Todd Lohstreter filed under