The game of baseball is a lot like the Christian Life. We stand at the plate with bat in hand ready to hit the ball coming our way. Many people don’t see the ball flying so quickly by and they strike out. A few, with great determination, focus on the ball coming their way and get a hit. Those few realize they need something in life to move them from their present position. Getting to first base is realizing their need for a Savior, that they are sinfully helpless. First base coach tells them about God and how He sent Jesus to die for our sins so we could have a personal relationship with Him. Player is advanced to second base, where they make a decision to accept Christ as Savior and turn from their sinful ways. Even though they are a generally nice person, we are all sinners in need of a Savior. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In olden days, there had to be animal sacrifices in order to obtain righteousness. Instead of continuing that tradition, Jesus died as the final and ultimate sacrifice once and for all. He’s the One we must accept to cover our sins. Third base is living a life full of joy without regrets, speaking the truth in love, telling others about Jesus, and supporting His ministry here and all over the world. Jesus left us with a great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”. Home base is the end of the age, when we Christians will leave this temporary, sinful, evil world and spend eternity with Christ in Heaven.
Just like playing baseball takes practice, being a Christian does also. We are giving the gift of the Holy Spirit at salvation, and in order to grow and learn and be at third base, we must study God’s Word, pray and fellowship with other believers. God gives us small assignments (batting practice) and once we prove we are able, He will give us bigger responsibilities (fielding). Take the small steps seriously, do your best and you will grow quickly into the player (Christian) that God planned for you to be from the beginning! Which base are you on? Join the team and start playing (praying and reading Bible) today!