Wow! Here we are at the bottom of the ninth ending, and our series is coming to a close. We have rounded all the bases and are headed to home plate. Home plate represents “connection to God”. In others words, what is your relationship to God –are you connected?
Consider this, no one can get to first base without starting at home plate, nor can anyone finish a run without returning and crossing over home plate. The Bible says, Jesus is “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 1:8) In order to run the bases successfully, we need to align our lives in such a way that He permeates it from beginning to end. Every time we run the bases in order something amazing happens –we strengthen our walk with Christ, and our relationship with Him is more balanced. Life becomes less about us and more about Him. John the Baptist said it best:
Christians are called to be more and more Christ-like. We are to throw off our old life, and we are given a new one!
Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 1 Corinthians 15:22
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
God is not a God of distance, but a hands on God eager to have a deep and intimate relationship with each of us. It is more than a relationship between master and servant. It is a father and a child, a protector and the protected, the one who blesses and the one who is blessed. He has even provided the connection:
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
…because He loves us that much:
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
So if we have entered a true, authentic relationship with Jesus, what does that look like?
And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:24-25
One thing for all to understand is that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, He doesn’t even expect us to have it all together the first time we complete a run! However, if we start living our lives connected to Him (i.e., home plate) and His plan for us, He will help us build our character (i.e., first base), strengthen our community (i.e., second base), and make use of our competence (i.e., third base) in a mighty way.
If life isn’t going your way, take some time to check your connection with God. Allow Him to mold and shape your life. You will soon be knocking the ball out of the park and completing the first of many home runs!
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