Reaching Out

Life is Like a Baseball Game

Several years ago I attended the funeral of a former professional baseball player. The pastor at the event stated: “We know how much Marvin loved baseball, so let’s consider how life is like a baseball game.” I thought “This is really cheesy for a funeral.” I changed my mind as the pastor proceeded.
We all start at home base. The pitcher pitches us the Gospel of Christ; if we hit the ball (receive the Gospel and gift of salvation), we go to first base. The Holy Spirit then indwells, teaches, convicts, comforts, and guides us in our lives.
In baseball, the highest career batting average was .366, so most players strike out when at bat. Similarly, The Word tells us in the Great Game of Life, most strike out and don’t make it to first base: “…narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Other priorities distract them, so they strike out. They may refuse to enter the batter’s box and sit in the bleachers, unwilling to consider the eternal questions: who we are, why we are here, and what happens to us when we die (until it is too late).
Once we reach first base, sanctification begins – repenting of our sins, growing in Christ, and being led by the Holy Spirit. We seek other Christians for fellowship and mentoring, and a Biblical church for spiritual nurturing.
When we reach second base, we have some spiritual maturity, and ask the Lord to send us to a church or other setting where we can nurture other Christians and reach the lost. We have become an Ambassador for Christ to the world. Third base is the final chapter of our lives, as we reflect on our lives prior to reaching home base – going to heaven. If someone never reaches first base, they will never make it to home base – heaven.
This story raises questions for ourselves and others: Are you on base? If so, which one? Are you stuck on that base, or are you fulfilling that purpose in your life? How can I help you move forward in your spiritual journey?
To God be the glory
Board of Evangelism