Good morning, and thank you for joining me again today. We are through the first week of the Summer Adventure Series, and I hope you are enjoying the devotions and seeing God at work in the every day things around you. Enjoy this one, and I hope to see you tomorrow. Blessings, tammy
The Softball Game
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth,” Acts 1:8, ESV.
Our oldest son plays on a men’s softball team with our church. While it is not the same as the fast-pitch baseball style he played in high school, we still have a good time going and watching them play, cheering in the stands, and catching up with the other church members who come to watch.
Last night as we watched, I noticed something about the softball strategy. If everyone hit the ball to the exact same spot on the field, the game would be boring and the other team would be able to make easy plays for outs. But, when each player hits the ball to a different area, the game picks up, runs are scored and the game becomes more exciting. Each player has been chosen to hit to a designated area by the coach. It may not work out perfectly on the ball field, but the coach guides the players with a “hit it out of the park” or “all we need is a base hit.”
Missions is a lot like the softball strategy. If all we did as a church is hit the ball out of the park, foreign mission work, our opponent and enemy, would easily figure out how to stop our strategy. If we only did local work close to home, he would also figure out how to discourage us and how to slow the game. But, when each of us follows the leading of the Holy Spirit to cover the entire playing field, the game becomes exciting. As one player hits it over the fence and heads to the foreign field, and the next player opens a homeless shelter close to home, and another supports a ministry in the next town over, and still another starts an organization that links church members with mission’s ministries, we all win. The team members use their strengths and resources and the runs start piling up as God brings new family members into His Kingdom and hearts and souls are touched and changed by His grace and for His glory. We each have the ability to be in the game; we each have a place to minister.
So, where are you best equipped to serve? And the best question to ask—what is the Coach asking of you today? Let’s stop making the game boring and find out where we can best serve to strengthen the Kingdom and win the game—the world is waiting for the Gospel and we are getting close to the final inning. Let’s get in the game.
Thought-provoker: Are we willing to accept the play He has for us in His world reaching strategy? Where is He sending us today? Will you go?
Abba, thank You for allowing us the privilege of being part of Your team. Help us to hear Your leading today and to go where You want us to go. Help each of us realize we have a part in Your strategy to reach a lost and hopeless world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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