Friday Followings | It’s Playoff Time: God and Baseball

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
I’m pumped. It’s baseball playoff time and the Minnesota Twins are in the playoffs. If you’re a Twins fan you know that doesn’t always happen. Praise the Lord!
 
In honor of playoff time, over the next couple of weekends I’ll be preaching a short, two week series on God, the Bible, and Baseball. Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, you’ll enjoy and be enriched by the message of baseball and the Bible.
 
Growing up I played on lots of baseball teams. And the best coaches were the ones who had a plan for every practice and for every game. Imagine arriving to a baseball practice and the coach having no direction for the players. Or imagine coming to a baseball game where the coach had no idea who was pitching or what the batting order might be.
 
The successful coaches I had in baseball were the ones who showed up with a goal in mind.
 
The same is true for our Christian life. If someone were to ask you what the goal of the Christian life is, how would you answer? Maybe you’d say “The goal is to do good stuff.” Or maybe “to go to church.” Or maybe “learning to be a better person.” All of those are important.
 
Yet listen to what the apostle Paul says in Ephesians 3:10. “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, so that I may attain the resurrection.” And again in verse 14. “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”
 
Paul teaches us that our goal is to know Christ. Not just in our heads, but in our hearts. Let the love of Jesus pervade your very being. Get to know him by Scripture reading, prayer, worshiping with fellow Christians, and by knowing of his great sacrifice for you. Even in our sufferings, we can rejoice, as God has redeemed us and is with us always.
 
I’m glad my baseball coaches always had a goal and plan in mind. Make knowing Jesus more and more your goal throughout life. And come this weekend as we take a look at God and baseball. Go Twins!
 
See you in worship,
 
Pastor Tim