There is a common term used in football that depicts the spectators in the stands as participants in the game. These spectators or “fanatics” are called the 12th man. They were given the name the 12th man because their respective team always has 11 men on the field at once and their cheers and loud noise disrupts the other teams game plan. Due to them having a great influence in how the game will play out, the fans were labeled the 12th man. This term suggests that the fanatics are like an extra player on the field giving their team an advantage.
The opposing team cannot hear the play calls coming in from the coach, thus causing defeat for lack of solid execution. This governing body of fans, or the “12th man” has an enormous influence on the outcome of the game. If they are silent, the opposing team is free to execute their game plan and impose their will on their beloved team. One way or another, one of the teams will win the game and in most cases it all comes down to how passionate the 12th man was while at the game.
Like the body of fans who make up the 12th man lifting their voices so that their opponent is defeated, you are the 13th Disciple. When you believed in Jesus, you then became the 13th Disciple made up of a body of all believers in Christ everywhere. It is up to you to disrupt the other team and make it hard for them to execute their game plan. The game is almost over and everything is on the line. Your voice and loud cheers will have an impact on the game between Christ and His enemy. How passionate are you about the game? How badly do you want your team to win? Whether you are silent or loud your actions will influence the match one way or another.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
How loud is your voice in this world? Can the team hear you cheering for them? The game is winding down. The end of the game is the most important time to be screaming the name of Jesus at the top of your lungs to help your team win. Are you giving your team an advantage that will help them win? Do the people around you even know who it is that your cheering for? Can Jesus and His 12 Disciples hear you cheering them on and influencing the game? Are you one of the 13th Disciples?
Verse of the Day:
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. (John 13:35)
Challenge of the day:
Today I challenge you to cheer for Jesus. I want you to tell someone today that you are one of the 13th Disciples. This will most likely have the person scratching their head because of the common notion of there being only 12 Disciples mentioned in the bible. This will be a good conversation starter that will open a door to tell them about Jesus. Would you not be intrigued to hear more if I told you I was one of the 13th Disciples?