John 21:22 – “Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You follow me.”
On this date, July 10, in 1982, Lance Parrish hit his third grand slam in the same calendar week. Cool thing is that only 3 players in MLB history have done it. Lance Parrish did it in 7 days; Jim Northrup did it in 6 days; and Lou Gehrig did it 4 days. If you go a step further, you’ll find that Jim Northrup is one of only thirteen MLB players to have hit 2 grand slams in the same game and he did it in the same year as when he hit 3 in a week.
The grand slam is probably one of the most prized moments in baseball. It doesn’t happen that often, about once every 1200 at bats or about once every 18 games in the MLB. One may play all of his life and never hit a grand slam home run. One may never get the chance to “clear all the bases.” And yet it’s something every batter dreams about, even those who can’t, or rarely, hit home runs.
Does any of that sound familiar? Does any of that sound like living a Christian life? You dream about Christ returning and cleaning the bases. You may never experience it in your lifetime but you still work for it. It’s really what we all should live for, an eternal life of hitting bombs and grand slams in heaven.
Our scripture reference is from Paul asking Jesus who was going to betray him. Jesus pretty much says, don’t worry about it, just follow me. Don’t be concerned about what others do or say, be concerned with your game, your presence in heaven, then help others get there.
Thing is, you’ve got to be in the game to hit bombs. You can’t just know about it. You can’t simply watch from the stands. You have got to have a commitment for the game. The same is true to have a chance at an eternal grand slam on God’s field of dreams.
PRAYER: “God, I’m sorry for going after things that don’t include you. Please forgive my mistakes and help me go after your will for my life. Amen.