First Base Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (ESV)
Second Base If Christians are to do everything in the name of the Lord (3:17), then we must work for our earthly master as unto the Lord. The master is not a substitute for the Lord, but we are encouraged to work “as if” for the Lord. Our deference to our earthly masters is therefore elevated to obedience to Christ, whom we must obey and serve with all our heart. (Source: NIV Application Commentary)
Third Base Michael Timlin is a former relief pitcher who played on four World Series championship teams in an 18-year career where he spent time with the Blue Jays, Mariners, Orioles, Cardinals, Phillies, and Red Sox. Timlin was known for his 93 mph fastball, slider and sinker which had a downward break, inducing a significant number of ground balls. Timlin assisted on the final out of 1992 World Series in Game 6 by fielding a bunt by Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon and throwing to Joe Carter at first base which earned him a “Save” for the game. Over his 18 year career he pitched in 1,058 games and finished with a 75–73 Win–loss record. On August 15, 2009 Timlin was released by the Colorado Rockies, following which he retired from baseball. (Source: Wikipedia)
Home Plate There are two things I love to do in life. One is to play baseball — the other is to go hunting. As a blessing from God I have a wonderful wife who understands both sides of me. Every baseball player strives to be great – to throw the no-hitter or hit the game-winning home run. Every hunter looks for the perfect shot – and then does his best to make the shot. I accepted Jesus into my life in 1989, while in a batting cage in Florida. Even though I thought things would get easier in my life, that wasn’t always the case. I still made some bad choices and still thought I could do things by myself. The Scriptures say “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) That’s true for every one of us. And no matter how hard we try to do things on our own we can’t – we mess it up. Thankfully our God loves us no matter what. And if we “confess with our lips and believe with our hearts” (Romans 10:9), we will have eternal life with God. As a hunter, I see the glory of God all around me in this world (Psalm 19). As a believer in Jesus I know in my heart I have eternal life. As the Scriptures say in Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for me; since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as your reward.” That’s what I try to do every day – and I encourage you to do the same.
The Final Out Father, extend our horizons, widen our vision, and remind us how inter-connected we are as your sons and daughters. Breathe your Spirit into us that we may live more truly as brothers and sisters of one another. Amen.