Glory Seed Devotional 07/30/2014

A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD

“Follower of Jesus/Batter UP!”

“Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew that later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne! So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won’t get discouraged and give up.” (Hebrews 12:1–3, CEV)

“Batter up!” the umpire calls out. And the batter steps into the batter’s box, takes a few practice swings, then settles in focusing his complete attention on the pitcher who is now in his windup. In the background you can hear someone calling, “Come on batter, come on batter,” then the pitcher let’s go of the grapefruit size yellow softball and another voice sounds off, “Swing batter, swing!”

Believe it or not the batter standing in the batter’s box waiting to hit the ball and the follower of Jesus have much in common. How you may be wondering? Because of two artificial hips I haven’t play softball in over 30 years but I will never forget what it takes to be a success at the home plate putting the ball into play. To be a follower of Jesus there are no health limitations, no age requirements, no gender preference but like the ball player standing at home plate waiting to put the ball into play it requires 110% commitment.

Batters are told to keep their eye on the ball at all times, follow the path of the ball with a keen eye. However, that’s not enough the batter needs to follow the path of the ball not only with keen eyes, but with a keen mind as well. The batter needs to push out of his mind the idea of hitting a home run, or what kind of a pitch the pitcher is throwing. The batter is not there to hit a home run, a single, a double, or a triple the batter is there to hit the ball! When the batter is waiting for the pitch there should be only one thing on his/her mind –the BALL! Whatever the pitch will be or won’t be doesn’t matter – the pitch will be (and every upcoming pitch) will be what it will be and that is what the batter needs to deal with. That is what it means to being 110% committed to getting a game changing hit.

The writer of Hebrews writes, “We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete… So keep your mind on Jesus, who put up with many insults from sinners. Then you won’t get discouraged and give up.”

Enough said!

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE!

Gary

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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)

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Scripture marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.

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