The Twelfth Man

Then he said to the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. As the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” –Matthew 9:37-38

Students do not sit at Texas A&M football games. The A&M athletic department is built on the traditions of the 12th Man. During a football game in 1922, the underdog Aggies were playing the nation’s number one ranked team. Player after player left the field unable to return and the Aggies had limited reserves. From the stands, came a former football player. E. King Gill suited up and stood on the sidelines ready to play for the remainder of the game. At the end of the game, he was the only man standing. The courage and heart displayed by this fan has encouraged others to follow his lead. At each game, fans stand symbolically ready to go into the game. Students are more than just spectators; they are the 12th man, ready to go in if the team should need them.

Perhaps you see acclaimed authors, speakers, the pastoral staff and ministry leaders of your church as the players on the “Christianity Team”. Where do you see yourself? Are you sitting on the sideline or are you in the game? You are a part of the team. Stand up and be ready.

Jesus saw the huge crowds that were following Him and His disciples, so he told them to pray that workers would be ready. Many are ready to give their lives to Christ, but they need someone to show them how. Jesus tells us to pray for workers. The workers are few. We are all ministers to those God has put in our lives. You are part of the team. You are a worker. Be ready for God to use you!

1. Who are people in your life that need a Christian to walk alongside them? How can you be the friend who introduces them to Christ?

2. Pray that God would present opportunities for you share the good news of Christ!

Ezekiel 34:5-6; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Peter 2:9

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Kelly McFadden

Kelly McFadden is a wife and mother and is part of the HomeWord daily devotional writing team. Kelly graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000 with a degree in journalism. Following a season of playing professional volleyball and training with the US National team, Kelly returned to school and received her Masters in Christian Education from Azusa Pacific University.

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