2 Corinthians 5:-15 NCV - We know that our body—the tent we live in here on earth—will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made by human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last forever. 2 But now we groan in this tent. We want God to give us our heavenly home, 3 because it will clothe us so we will not be naked. 4 While we live in this body, we have burdens, and we groan. We do not want to be naked, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be fully covered with life. 5 This is what God made us for, and he has given us the Spirit to be a guarantee for this new life.
Ultimately, the way to win in baseball is to score runs by crossing home plate. No matter how “successful” people’s lives may appear to be, it is all for nothing if they do not arrive safely at home, For those in the brutal, painful, and often ruthless game of life, eventually we just want to make it home too. By giving us His Spirit, God offers a “guaranteed contract.” God doesn’t put deposits down on human “houses” in order to lose them. Therefore, live with risk-taking faith, and play for Christ like you have nothing to lose. Better for you to enter eternity having taken a few extra “swings and misses” in bold faith than to stumble home with a locker room full of regrets because you played too casually or passively for Jesus. If you could go back and have a “do-over” on one or two areas of life that you regret, what would it be? If you could truly imagine that you only had 30 days to live (like the book of the same title from Kerry Shook proposes), what would you do to prepare to arrive safely at home with no regrets? Truthfully, is there anything more important and valuable than inheriting eternal life free from pain, suffering, and death?
Revelation 21:1-7 NLT - Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” 5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
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
Risk-it-all-for-Jesus Faith: Giants win. Dodgers lose.