First Base Act 9:3-5 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. (ESV)
Second Base Paul, a Jew, is persecuting Christians because they are seen as a threat to the church by following a false prophet who claims to be God. Through the question “why?” he begins to see that in proving his commitment to God by persecuting the church, he has actually been proving himself an enemy of God. (Source: IVP New Testament Commentary)
Third Base College versus Pro: When a high school player is drafted by a major league baseball team there are usually two choices they face: Going to college or turn Pro. According to Jeff Spelman there is no magic formula. He says only 5 to 6 percent of drafted players ever play a day in the major leagues and about 40 percent of the first round draft picks never make it either. (Source: Jeff Spelman, Director, Team One Showcases)
Home Plate The number of high school players who went directly into the majors from high school is smaller still. Since the year 2000 it has happened only two times. Bottom line when a high school player receives an offer there are choices: accept the offer, go to college, or decline them all together. In Acts chapter 9 we read about Saul’s experience on the road to Damascus where he is blinded by a bright light and hears the words of Jesus asking why he is persecuting him (vs. 4). Recognizing that the voice he heard was one of authority, he immediately asked “Who are you Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. (vs. 5). After being led to Damascus by his traveling companions Saul received a vision from the Lord during the three days he was blind which told him what he would have to endure for the gospel he was being called to preach (vs. 9). Then he was met by Ananias, a disciple sent by the Lord to pray for his healing. Upon regaining his sight Saul had two choices: 1) reject the calling or 2) accept the mandate received from the Lord. We find his answer in two places: In 9:18 – “Then he rose and was baptized.” However when Saul was sharing his experience with the religious leaders in Acts 22 he says in verse 16 that Ananias words were “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” So you see there must have been a little hesitation on Paul’s part. None the less Paul was still free to choose. Just like baseball players who are selected on draft day, you and I have been drafted and we have a choice to make where we will spend eternity. C.S. Lewis put it this way – “For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.” Today is the day of salvation – make the right choice.
Final Out Lord for those who are skeptical and have not made a decision for you, I pray they will realize today is the day of salvation which will bring joy unspeakable. We will make a choice one day, so today is a great day to choose. Amen (2 Cor 6:2 / John 16:8)