Switch-Hitting

Ephesians 4:15-16 NLT - Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

Everyone on Christ’s team has a role on the team to help get one another “around the bases” of spiritual growth, health, maturity, and production.  Why?   This is how we win!  Jesus wants a church that is healthy (in discipleship & serving) - a church that is growing (through evangelism & on mission)- a church that is full of love (through worship & fellowship).  So Christ calls you to do what He already did first - to sacrifice for the success of His team.

Do you view the work of building God’s church as though you are more a passive spectator or an active participant?  In the context of Christ’s kingdom, every small sacrifice, every time you pick up a teammate, and every bit of hustle and effort matters to God and makes a difference in helping the team win.  Ultimately, only what we do for Jesus Christ and His mission will have an eternal impact.  In baseball, switch-hitters are valuable because they can be used to produce in any situation.  Consider the example of Paul writing to the Corinthians as you ask God to make you a switch-hitter:

1 Corinthians 9:19-25 NLT - Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ.  When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law.  Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. 22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ.  Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23 I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. 24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!  26 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.

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

Relationships:  Giants win. Dodgers lose.  Generosity:  Giants win. Dodgers lose.