Step up to the Plate

BGBaseball, America’s pastime.  It is a game that is understood by most and watched by many.  It has a longstanding tradition behind it as a prominent sport here in the states.

We get many sayings from baseball as well.  Let’s break down some of those sayings and see how it may apply to our spiritual lives as well.

 

Step up to the Plate
Stepping up to the plate goes right along with how we should live our lives.  We need to step up to the plate when God calls on us.  He expects that we will grab a bat and head into the batters box.

Batting a Thousand
We should strive to “Bat 1000″.  Batting a thousand means to have a perfect batting record.  While being perfect is impossible, we should strive to be Christ-like in everything we do.  So, step up to the plate and bat that thousand!

Way out in Left Field
Ever know someone who just thought they knew everything and yet didn’t have a clue who God is, and didn’t care to ever hear about it?  They are what I call “way out in left field”.

Homerun
The day you receive Christ is a home-run!  Making the one move that changes your life is the only way to hit a home-run, so congrats!

Strike out
Failing at something is when you strike out.  Being struck out is just another reason we have to step back up to the plate.  Strike outs are common in baseball because the curves that are thrown are sometimes the hardest thing to hit.  Don’t give up, just keep stepping up to that plate.

Sacrifice Bunt
I know of a guy who once performed the one and only important sacrifice bunt.  He took the out so the rest of us could score.  This guy was Jesus.  Sacrifice is something we need to recognize and celebrate, especially the sacrifices made by Jesus.

Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.  After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.  But the boat was already  a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.  And in the  fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.  When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying,  “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”  Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”  And He said,  “Come!”  And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him,  “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.  And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”  When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.  And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent  word  into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick;  and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched  it  were cured.
(Matthew 14:22-36 – NASB)

Ready to step up to the plate and do whatever God tells you?  Learning the lessons we do as we grow will bring us closer to God.  This is the same as in baseball.  The more you practice, the better you get.

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