Sacrifice Flies, Sacrifice Bunts

Romans 12:1 ESV - I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

In baseball, a classic way to move runners into scoring position (or even to score them from third base) is the sacrifice - where the batter makes an out for himself in order to advance his teammate.  A teammate who is too selfish or too uncoachable will resent having to sacrifice his own opportunity to move another runner around the bases.  He will likely be off the team sooner rather than later.  Likewise, the Christian life is one in which success comes through sacrifice - doing whatever is necessary to help others know God, find freedom, discover purpose, and make a difference in the world.  Ultimately Jesus Christ demonstrated that there is no other way to get us “home” safely apart from the sacrifice.  By sacrificing Himself on the cross in order to benefit us, the model for Christian living was set.  The way up is by humility, the way to succeed is through sacrifice for others.  How might God expect us to sacrifice our time to help a teammate get “into scoring position”?  How might God expect us to sacrifice of our finances to benefit the team and the mission?  How might God expect us to offer the sacrifice of our talents and abilities to ensure that others can succeed?  Who might He expect you to sacrifice for today?

Giant:  a person or thing that is very large, powerful, or successful; a person of great ability, power, or influence

Dodger:  a shifty person, especially one who persistently evades a responsibility; a person who avoids doing something by being dishonest

Sacrifice:   Giants win. Dodgers lose.