First Base Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (ESV)
Second Base We are to make God’s sovereign rule, and a right relationship with Him, the highest priority in life (see 3:15 note on “righteousness”). Worry is inconsistent with this priority; it doubts the sovereignty or goodness of God and distracts from the true goals of life. God will meet all the needs of those who risk all for Him. (Source: Reformation Study Bible)
Third Base Amaury Telemaco is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1996 to 2005 for the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies. He was used both as a starter and reliever throughout his career. He attended Cristo Rey High School in La Romana, Dominican Republic. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cubs in 1991 and made his major league debut on May 16, 1996, at the age of 22, pitching seven innings against the Houston Astros for the win. Telemaco is currently a pitching coach in minor league baseball. From 2010-2014 he served in that post for the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Red Sox, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. (Source: Wikipedia)
Home Plate Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I practiced a popular religion, Voodoo. In this faith, followers believe spirits control all aspects of life, everything from happiness, to health, to wealth. When something went wrong, we believed it was because someone had cast a spell on us. At that time, Easter weekend was cause for family celebration. We thought it was the day the devil killed Jesus. Now it’s my favorite day because I know it is really the day that Jesus died for me. I will never forget the day I came to Christ: January 14, 1991. I was 17 years old and already a baseball star, but I knew something was missing. I felt empty inside. I went looking for a Christian church and sat down in the back. At the end of the service, the preacher asked if anyone wanted to be “saved.” I stood up and walked to the front of the church. Right there I prayed and asked God to forgive me of my sins and save me. I knew I needed something bigger in my life. That “something” was Jesus. In the Dominican Republic, when you’re a baseball player, you’re almost a god. People were telling me, “You’re young. You should be having fun. You might be a millionaire. You don’t need God.” I told them they were wrong. There is more to life than being rich and famous. Baseball stays here. It’s important to me, but I have my priorities. God is first!
The Final Out Father, nature tells us God cares even for birds and flowers. We who enjoy a special relationship with you should not worry about provision of needs, now or in the future, but seek to please God first by seeking as a priority His kingdom and His righteousness and all the promises of God will be ours. God 1st is the only way to live. Amen