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Baseball: Something in Common with God's Mission

Updated on June 21, 2015

Baseball and a Cross

The other day I was throwing pitches to my son on the softball field by his school. It got me thinking about the body of Christ and a baseball team. Since I believe the three most important things in life are God, people, and baseball, I thought I would share my thoughts. Bear with me ...

I’m a Red Sox fan, but I like it that the National League doesn’t have the DH. That is true baseball because everyone bats and plays the field. Players are known for their position in the field, but sometimes the great hitters are known for their hitting. You have hitters that are known for hitting for average, getting on base a lot, and hitters known for power, getting those baserunners home.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

In the church, everyone is called to participate in God’s mission (evangelism) and pray but some seem to have special gifts of evangelism or prayer. It seems to comes naturally to them. Like hitting does for some and not for others. We may not bring as many people to faith as did Billy Graham, but we are still here to play a part.

So, you might be asking “Dave, where are you going with all this?” Just think how funny it would look if everyone playing the field in baseball hung out on the pitching mound. Or the whole team was in right field. If everyone was in right field, there wouldn’t be a game because no one would pitch. If everyone was on the mound, batters would stop swinging once there were runners on base because no one would catch the ball after it passed home plate. There is a lot that needs to be done on the defensive side of the game to support when the team is hitting. It's hard to win a game when you don’t prevent the other team from scoring.

What is your third important thing after God and people?

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Let's look at 1 Corinthians 12:17: “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be.”

What is Paul saying here? Picture in your mind a body of just eyes, or noses, or ears. It looks funny or creepy (depending on your personality). Let’s face it, the body can’t function if every part had the same function. In the church it's the same way. Just picture a church service where everyone was behind the pulpit or in the choir loft. That would be funny and not much would get done. See, there is a lot that goes on to support God’s mission here on earth. Each part of the mission is just as important as the flashy ones like evangelism.

If your gift is prayer, pray. Pray especially for hearts to be changed. But don’t forget to share Jesus with others. If your gift is evangelism, share the gospels, but don’t forget to pray. Then, think about what your role is to support the mission. This is vastly important. We ALL (all true Christians, all Bible-based churches-The Church) need to be working together and praying for God’s kingdom to be advanced.

So, get out there to pray, share the gospel, and advance God’s mission in the role that God has placed in YOU. YOU are important to the work God is doing. Don’t forget it!

What are you spiritual gifts? What else is like the church?

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    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      3 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      As much as I like David Ortiz, I don't like the DH either. Thanks Lions44 for commenting.

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      CJ Kelly 

      3 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Interesting take on the game. I too grew up an AL fan but hate the DH. I hope baseball can keep its place in American society, but sadly it is in decline. But maybe reflections like yours will help people get a better perspective on why the game is important.

    • D L Roderick profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lawrence Roderick 

      3 years ago from Old Town, Maine

      Hey Phil, great question. God doesn't force himself on us. He is lovingly calling us back. And he is also completely humble by allowing us to do his mission. What do other think?

    • Phil Perez profile image

      Phil Perez 

      3 years ago

      Wouldn't God's Mission be complete if He were perfect though?


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