Comebacks stories are great!
The bible is full of great last-minute comeback stories like Daniel and the lion’s den, God parting the Red Sea just in time for Moses and the Israelites to cross, and my favorite is Jesus’ comeback. When someone is dead on Friday and is alive three days later…thats a comeback that’s hard to beat!
But in life comeback stories don’t always happen.
“We know that God does not always remove or fix whatever “game over” moment we face, but He can use it in mighty ways.”Pastor Bill
In our series Bottom Of The Ninth, we draw parallels between baseball and life. One of those parallels has to do with comebacks. According to a study that looked at all major league ballgames with two outs in the bottom of the ninth between 1927 and 2017 showed there was less than a 5% chance of a comeback when the game was tied. If a team was down by one, then chances dropped to less than 1.5%. When a bottom of the ninth comeback fails the game is over.
At times in life, our chances of a comeback may not feel much better than those of baseball. And when we face a bottom of the ninth moment and we lose, whether in a relationship, finances, health etc., it can feel devastating. But the game is not over. You have been invited to play a much bigger game in the Kingdom!
I know for me when faced with a “game over” moment in my life I tend to turn inward and pray for God to remove it, fix it or cure it versus “God use it”. We know that God does not always remove or fix whatever “game over” moment we face, but He can use it in mighty ways. It’s ok to pray for God to remove or fix something, but it’s more important to ask God to use our loss for the Kingdom to bring Him Glory and to bring others to him. People are watching how we respond in our bottom of the ninth and “game over” moments. They want to know if we really trust the God we say we believe in.
Stephen, in Acts chapter 7, who was a faithful Jesus follower and servant, lost his life. His stoning can be considered a “game over” moment, but it actually helped spread the Gospel by starting a persecution of Christians and wherever Christians fled the Gospel spread. A seemingly game over moment help spread the amazing news of Jesus!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”2 Timothy 4:7 NIV
Like our very own Steve Harris who went through great trials physically. Game over? No way! Steve and his wife Dotti did not fight for a cure because there was no cure, but fought to be used, and used they were in incredible ways to change the lives of others. Even though Steve lost many physical abilities he was used in great ways by God. And even in losing his life on this earth he is being used because he finished well.
“We can be used even when we lose.”
Let’s remember what Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” If we want to be used by God even in our “game over” moments in life we need to fight to love well, finish well, and keep the faith.
Fighting the “good fight” with you!
April 25, 2018
To view Pastor Bill’s message from Sunday, April 22 click here.