Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Today my friend Malissa won a cake decorating contest. She makes a lot of cakes she could have chosen from over 100 of the cakes she has decorated to enter into the contest. She picked one she liked the best and hoped that she would win. At no point during the contest could she have known that she was certain to win the contest, there were a lot of incredible cakes that were entries along with her cake. When she won nothing could rob her of her joy. I’m sure even now, 12 hours later she is still on cloud nine.
The cake she baked was of Yankee Stadium. It was a large cube cake with a circle cut out and the baseball diamond in the center. Here’s a link so you can see the whole cake. http://www.cookiemag.com/magazine/blogs/food/2009/09/creative-cake-contest-winners.html
When we become christians we get to be one of God’s most valuable players. Our lives are much like a baseball game and in order to play we have to master the fundamentals.
When we are up to bat we are there for everyone to see what skills we bring to the game. Home plate is when you decide to follow Jesus Christ and step up to the plate. First base is being born again and having that new life in Christ. Second base is Baptism, you get to be washed free from your sins and it symbolizes a life with Christ. Third base is Disipleship which requires stydying the word and having verses in your heart for a heart to know and love God. Homerun is when we reach heaven.
A lot can happen as a MVP makes their way around the bases. Trials and temptations and struggles can happen along the way and get you thrown right out of the game. During the game it is important to keep focused on a vision of getting to a homerun. Seeing God’s plan for us to be in heaven allows Christians to know where they are going. Stay on the path follow the bases. It will be hard but Christians have to stay the course and not let distractions or obsticals that sin allows to throw us out of the game. As a MVP we are to stay productive in our prayer and worship. Strive for the best and lift up other MVP’s along the way. Have the team spirit as an encourager and don’t give up on the vision God has for every believer to live eternity with him in Heaven.
A life with Jesus Christ will change our ordinary existence on Earth. Facing challenges in this game called life we never thought we could face and become supertnaural with the Holy Spirit in our lives. The ordinary will become extraordinary!
I hope for that same joy, much like my friend Malissa experienced when she won the contest today,for every person that finds Jesus Chirst. The joy of knowing we are going to heaven is going to be our prize. The joy, will be indescribable.
I thank God for granting each of us a talent. I sometimes feel I haven’t found my talent and that’s not a bad thing, it makes me seek God more and pray for Him to reveil His vision for me, and as a MVP for God’s team, I can strive to do my best to glorify God in all I do. Extraordinary!
Grace and peace be with you from God our father.