Don't Miss God's Main Event!
Wednesday, October, 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM | by asmith
Bobby was a young farm boy who went to town to see the circus. His dad gave him a dollar with instructions to spend it wisely. As Bobby entered town, he encountered the Circus parade which was coming down the city's main street. The parade contained all the characters of the circus. To Bobby's delight, he saw a man riding an elephant. The lion tamer strolled by with one of the great cats on a leash. Clowns, acrobats and jugglers marched along and performed with the colorful procession. Bobby watched in wonder as the parade ended. The young boy did not realize that parade's purpose was to advertise the upcoming performances of the Circus. Consequently, Bobby rushed forward and handed his dollar to the last clown in the convoy and raced home to tell everyone about the circus. Bobby did not realize that he actually missed the circus because he had only seen the parade!
He mistook the advertisement for the main event.
Here is the spiritual parallel. Sometimes people attend church and feel good about everything they encounter and mistakenly think that when they leave the service that the show is over and their duty is done. In reality, church is like the parade that advertises the main event. The main event happens when you go home and live out your faith everyday and become God's living illustration of His power, love, forgiveness, purity, service and grace. In Isaiah 6, God asked the prophet, "Who will I send?" Isaiah leaves the worship service and chooses to embrace the main event of serving by responding, "Here am I, Lord. Send me!"