If you were born in the 80’s, like I was, and grew up during that time period, you probably played a game called “Red Rover” during recess on the playground or during summer camp somewhere. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain how you played “Red Rover.” First you would split everyone up into two teams with an equal amount of people on each side. Each team would then face each other in a parallel line with a distance of about 500 feet in between, holding hands with each other, creating a chain link of people. One team would call out to the other team “Red rover, red rover send so and so over.” Now the person who was called out had to run as hard as they could and try to break through one of the links in the chain of people on the other team. If they broke through, they stayed on their team; but if they were stopped from breaking through, they had to join the chain link of the other team. The winning team was the one with the most players left when time ran out or until the other team had only one player left.
I said all that because I believe there is a few helpful lessons that the game of “Red Rover” shows us that I didn’t see when I was younger, but now that I’m older and look back, I can see them.
1) There is strength in numbers.
Solomon wrote this in Ecclesiastes “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV84) There is power in unity. Just like the more and more players you got on your side in “Red Rover,” the stronger your chain became, the greater the number of people you have on your side in life; the stronger and more powerful you are. In Acts when the believers got together in unity and prayed, there was so much power the place shook that they were in. When any number of people get together for a common goal, they are unstoppable. Divided they will fall, but united they will stand. Jesus knew how powerful and important unity is because it was one of the last things He prayed for in the garden right before He was led to die. If we could all get together and rise up, we will change the world.
2) When you have someone who has got your back, you can and will take on anything.
2 Samuel 23 talks about David’s mighty men. This is what it says about one of them named Eleazar “Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.” (2 Samuel 23:9, 10 NIV84) Even though everyone else retreated, Eleazar stood his ground because he knew that David was right there with him. In “Red Rover,” I made sure that the two people on each side of me were friends of mine that I knew would not let go no matter who was charging at us from the other team. When I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the people next to me got my back no matter what, I will take on anything that the enemy will throw against us. I will charge hell with those people.
So let us no longer be divided in our ways. Let’s take a stand together for the one common goal of making the name of Jesus famous. Let us rise up and charge the gates of hell for His name. Because hell is hot, eternity is long, and people’s lives hang in the balance.