One of the most fascinating aspects of any spectator sport is its fans. They play a vital role in the success of every team. During championship and most valuable player award ceremonies, players usually dedicate their trophies to their fans who have shown unconditional support throughout a season.
Fans are responsible of making a loud noise to intimidate their opponents and to inspire their team, even when the players seem out of practice. But above all, fans make noise to let their presence be felt in the stadium, and even in the world, as the media covers their story.
As Adventists, we need to make some spiritual noise. More than ever, we need to actively join the heavenly team making a huge noise for Jesus Christ. His second coming must become a trending topic on Twitter. What He’s doing in your life should be the most shared post on Facebook. Let His written promises be the most liked image on Instagram, and may His wonders and miracles become the most watched videos on YouTube.
It’s time for the enemy to fear and be intimidated by the loud noise of the Seventh-day Adventist Church rooting unanimously for Jesus. More importantly, it’s time to make the presence of Jesus Christ felt in this world. Let us make a loud noise that will awaken and inspire anyone from our team who is facing spiritual discouragement.
Acts is one of the loudest books in the Bible. Just imagine the apostles’ excitement when 3,000 were added at Pentecost in one day (Acts 2:41). But as the apostles continued making a loud noise for Christ, people believed their message and the number grew to 5,000 (Acts 4:4).
Even though they had no access to social media, no powerful satellites and definitely no organizational structure as we have today, the result of their effort is pretty outstanding: “and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women” (Acts 5:14, emphasis added).
The most powerful tool
Let’s go back to the faith, passion and loud noise of the apostles. While we do have enhanced resources at our disposal to spread the message, we can still enjoy the most powerful tool granted for our commission—His Holy Spirit.
The same vigorous spirit that enabled Joshua and the Israelites to shout so loudly that they brought down the impenetrable walls of Jericho, the same mighty spirit that was with Jesus as He ministered to thousands, and the same powerful spirit that filled the apostles empowering them to do greater things than their master as He had promised—that same spirit is anxiously awaiting to fill our life, our families and our church to make the loudest noise ever heard in our days for the sake of the second coming of Jesus.
“When God’s people understand what Bible religion is, there will be coming into the ranks of believers more new converts than are seen today. We are to awake and do our duty toward the unwarned inhabitants of the cities and of many out-of-the-way places, and then we shall see of the salvation of God” (Sermons and Talks, Vol. II, p. 328).
When victory over sin is declared through the establishment of the New Jerusalem, what a joy will it be hearing the words of the Captain of our team saying, Well done good and faithful servant (Matt. 25:23), commending us for unconditionally supporting His kingdom on earth as we eagerly shouted, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” (Matt. 21:9).
Johann De Dier is a writer and editor of a youth magazine for the Panama Union.