Molded into Godly Character
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:9-10)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – Evan played baseball for a couple of seasons when he was small. He had as much time picking clover in the outfield as he did catching the balls hi to him.
Once upon a time there was a young man named Eddie. He was a young man who wanted to be a professional baseball player. He aspired to play baseball for the MLB team in his town.
Some buddies encouraged him to come practice with them. He turned them down, saying he preferred to practice alone. Every morning he would get up and practice running, throwing at a net, and tossing a ball up and then taking a swing at it with a bat. He got very good. He could run faster then he ever thought he could. He could throw harder then ever before. He could hit a baseball a mile. He was ready to go to try outs!
The week finally arrived and off to try-outs he went. With great anticipation he filled out the paperwork and told the scout he would like go ahead and reserve his favorite number for his future jersey.
Hours later he walked off the field humiliated. He didn’t hit the baseball one time when that mean pitcher threw it at him (way too fast, by the way!). He could throw the ball a long way but, had never tried catching a ground ball, and failed to catch one grounder. Last but not least, he realized he wasn’t as fast as he thought. The other guys had a fluid way to move, while he over time had grown into running up right with his hands by his side. In fact, at first when he noticed them staring at him, he thought he was THAT good. Until, they started laughing. His humiliation drove him to throw his glove and bat away, and he never tried playing baseball again. The end.
Would we do any better if we tried to go this spiritual journey alone? Just as Eddy had no one to coach (Word) him along on the right way to do something, Satan knows we would face similar failures if we tried to go it alone. If Eddy had been getting together with other players (other believers), he would have quickly learned he was learning the wrong way to run. They would have coached him to use his arms. Getting together with other players would have alerted him to the fact he needed to learn to field a ground ball (circumstances), and be able to hit a fastball and curveball.
I have friends tell me that they don’t need church. They can be a good Christian worshiping at home alone. They are probably right. Eddy was a pretty good baseball player….alone.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)