1 Thessalonians 4 (NKJV)
1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;
2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
Get in front of the ball!
Anyone who has ever played baseball or softball had a flashback when they read the above line (probably a painful one).
For those of you who are more comfortable in the stands let me fill you in. If you want to increase your chances of catching the ball you’ve get to get in front of the ball.
There’s a reason you need to get in front of the ball—baseballs/softballs have a weird habit of taking crazy bounces. The goal is to use your glove to catch the ball, but the ultimate goal is to do whatever you’ve got to do to catch the ball and sometimes that means blocking it first with your chest, nose, knee, or whatever and then reaching down and picking the ball up.
The same is true if you want to abound instead of just bounce in “how you ought to walk and to please God.”
God seldom gives you a nice little two-hopper bounce about waist high where you can catch what he’s got for you easily. Most times you have to sacrifice yourself in order to catch (receive) what God wants to give you. You have to get up earlier, give up something you enjoy doing, shut your mouth and read and think or get on your knees and turn your back to the world and get alone with God.
The reason so many people just bounce (see March 2 blog) instead of abound is they’re not really willing to get in front of God and receive what he has to give them no matter what it costs.
What about you?
- The ONE THING for today: Get in front of God!
“Get in front of those balls, you won’t get hurt. That’s what you’ve got a chest for young man.”
Henry Knight “Heinie” Groh was an American professional baseball player. He played as a third baseman in Major League Baseball, spending nearly his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants. He was the National League’s top third baseman in the late 1910s and early 1920s, and captained championship teams with the 1919 Reds and 1922 Giants. Renowned for his “bottle bat”, he was an effective leadoff hitter, batting.300 four times and leading the league in doubles twice and in hits, runs and walks once each.
Henry Knight “Heinie” Groh was an American professional baseball player. He played as a third baseman in Major League Baseball, spending nearly his entire career with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants. He was the National League’s top third baseman in the late 1910s and early 1920s, and captained championship teams w…
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