Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Little League Games (Part 11, Conclusion)
His Perfect Game
For it was fitting for Him, for Whom are all things and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Hebrews 2:10 (NKJV)
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:48 (NKJV)
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
John 17:22-23 (NKJV)
Jesus played a perfect game on Earth over 2000 years ago. The opposing team never got to first base. Their manager, Satan, kept pushing. His fans kept cheering. His team kept trying, but their attempts were doomed to failure from the beginning.
At the end of the Little League World Series in 1957, the star pitcher, Angel, was lifted high by eager arms. A worldwide audience cheered, and his performance has never been repeated.
At the end of Jesus' life in 32 A.D.*, 'The Captain of the Host of the Lord' (Joshua 5:14) was lifted high by forceful arms. Evil men cheered, and His performance has never been repeated... though no one but Satan understood His victory at the time.
Perfect games in baseball are rare. Perfect games in life happened only once. That Pitcher was Jesus. But in the everlasting love of God, He extended His perfection to every other player on His Team: past, present and future--and even to His fans. Because the game of life continues for all the sons and daughters of man.
If Jesus pitched the perfect game, if the perfect game allows the Pitcher's team to hit, run and score, if the enemy's team can't hit, run or score at all... then we've got a perfect opportunity for success.
But here's the problem: new fields have been built. They are called 'media.' They are spectacular and cover the earth. Games are everywhere. Attendance is phenomenal. Most everyone on earth is watching. Unfortunately, many are cheering the opposition--because it's all they see.
Jesus wants them on His side. He wants to be included in every game, and He's calling for thousands of teammates.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: report for duty. Get prepared and practice. Stay attentive to your Coach, Who is God. Remain fit and patient. Get ready to hit, catch, run, throw and field. Get ready to act, model, sing, dance and perform. Cheer for your teammate's success.
If you don't? The enemy wins by default.
Here's the thing: For decades, most of God's performers stayed home. But the enemy kept practicing, kept building new fields, kept playing fancy exhibition games--strutting around, entertaining the crowds and hitting high fliers--even home runs.
Only your entry into these playing fields of media will bring the best conclusion. Only through you will Jesus be brought into every game. Fans need to know The Truth, and you need to represent Him. And so you will... until the last pitch is thrown.
*Various answers put the death of Jesus between 28 A.D. and 33 A.D. http://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/in-what-year-did-jesus-die/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Little League Games series.