Freddy and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord’s team was playing Satan’s team.
The Lord’s team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate named “Love.”
Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because “Love never fails.”
The next batter was named Faith, who also got a single because Faith works with Love.
The next batter up was named Godly Wisdom. Satan wound up and threw the first pitch.
Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass: ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked because he never swings at what Satan throws.
The bases were now loaded. The Lord then turned to Freddy and told him He was now going to bring in His starplayer. Up to the plate stepped Grace. Freddy said, “He sure doesn’t look like much!”
Satan’s whole team relaxed when they saw Grace. Thinking he there was no way he could lose, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen! However, Satan was not worried; his center fielder let very few get by.
He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing on the ground; the roaring crowds went wild as the ball continued over the fence for a home run!
The Lord’s team won!
The Lord then asked Freddy if he knew why Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom could get on base but couldn’t win the game. Freddy answered that he didn’t know why.
The Lord explained, “If your love, faith, and wisdom had won the game, you would think you had done it by yourself. Love, Faith, and Wisdom will get you on base, but only My Grace can get you Home.
“For by Grace are you saved, it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11
An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God’s wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched (like a statue) on the ground at the base of a tree.
Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise.
She could have flown to safety but refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast.
Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live.
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.” – Psalm 91:4
**Also: “Greater love hath no man than this: That he should give up His life for another person” – John 15:13.
Consider my ways
My burdens are easy and
my yoke is light, child.
Love and do not judge
Teach by living like my Son
Gather souls for Me!
Colossians 2:6-12 (NIV)
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh[b] was put off when you were circumcised by[c] Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
By now, if you read my posts regularly, you know I use the basic “meat” of the word often. This is because even though it is fundamental in nature, these gems are so important to bring to mind often.
Passages such as the one above remind us to build our faith on “solid gospel ground.” I am reminded of the teaching of Christ in (Matthew 7:24-27). The foolish one who builds his spiritual “house” on secular foundations can expect his home to come crashing down with a loud bang!
But the true believer who uses the correct, wholesome words of God as the foundation for his beliefs will find his Godly home able to withstand the most violent of storms, just as the very gates of heaven itself.
Indeed, we have the fullness of the Deity in Christ Jesus, which is all that we need. No other teaching from man can add anything to the word of God. Be assured, the Christian is complete in Christ and not scant as the Gnostics were saying.
This included putting off the “old man” of sin, resurrection from spiritual death, and liberation from the legalistic requirements of the Old Testament law. We have received the “circumcision” not done by hands of men, but that of Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism and raised up through our faith in the power and promise of God our Father.
May we always remember that old saying: “Christ plus nothing equals salvation!”
God bless His sincere children of the faith and their efforts to bring people to the Savior Christ Jesus for eternal salvation…
- “The NIV Study Bible, copyright 1995, Zondervan, pg. 1817”