Red Rover -- By Marion Smith

"What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 8:31)

We often played the game, “Red Rover” when I was a child. Do you remember it? First, the captains would choose people to be on their sides, and then the game began. The chant was “red rover, red rover, let so and so come over.” The object was to leave your team and break through the line of hand holding participants in the opposing team. If you were successful, you would take one of the opponents team members back to your side. If you could not break through, you had to join their team and try to help them win.

I never did like the selection process, for after the few strongest were chosen, the rest of us weaklings would wait our turn for a captain to call our name.

There is a captain who calls us all - the weak, equally with the strong and agile. He doesn’t pick a,b,c, and d- but says, “Come, my children…. All of you…come to my side and be on my team.” Of course this is God calling us. He invites us to be on His team and when we do so He declares us “not guilty” of sin. He fills us with Christ’s goodness and gives us right standing with Himself and promises us His glory. This is told to us in the Bible, Romans 8:31: "What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 8:31). Satan will try and break through the lines of defense, but he will not succeed, for the Bible also says- “With God on our side, how can we lose?” (Ro. 8:31) This is the team I want to be a part of, and just by accepting His invitation, that is a reality. Won’t you join me, as God calls you, also, to be on His team.?

Marion Smith,  <>