Mound Visits, 1/15/18
If you aren’t sure about where you stand, set aside 5 minutes for this one…
One observation during my many years as a baseball coach: Some players try too hard to become “perfect”, they are tight, stressed and have no fun playing the game. For others, they realize the game is too hard for them and they give up, quit trying and pursue other interest.
Baseball is a tough game, but the players who believe, keep their eyes on the prize and “let the game come them” enjoy the game more, play better and become better teammates.
It’s similar in our faith journey; If you think you’re going to “make it” to heaven because you work hard to be very good, you either will be miserable, (thus you will play the game of life “too tight”), and there’s no chance you will ever be “good enough” to make it to heaven. Others quit trying because they feel like they may as well enjoy life and do whatever they want since they aren’t good enough to make it anyway.
How good do you have to be to “make it?” Answer, you have to be just as good as Jesus. As for me, I don’t have a chance…not even close. So, we need to take Jesus at His Word, trust completely that He is good enough and be thankful that He paid the penalty for our sins (1 Peter 3:18). In coaching vernacular, believe, trust, follow and let the game come to you.
Jesus wants you to be free and live life abundantly (John 10:10). And, He wants us to completely trust Him to get us to the finish line. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”