2015-10-06 - World Series
Each year, in the US, both National League and American League baseball teams play 162 games. A team can play competitively for many of those games, but then with a lot of injuries or even "bad luck," they can derail. I won't get on a soapbox about our primary team, the Atlanta Braves, nor how they have been (mis)managed this year. They are (thankfully) an aberration. I will use the San Francisco Giants as my illustration. The Giants won the World Series in 2014, and they were in first place in their division, during about half of the season that just ended. Then they began to fall victim to an inordinate number of injuries among some of their best players. The ones who were left did their very best, but by no fault of their own, when it counted, they were #2 in their division, and will neither be going to the playoffs nor the World Series.
So out of 30 teams who work hard and give it their very best, at the end of the season, only two will have the chance to play in the World Series. Twenty-eight teams, in other words 700 players do not make it to the world series. Only fifty do.
Aren't you glad that in our relationship with God, we don't have to compete for a World Series? There are no "champions" or MVPs (Most Valuable Players) in God's economy. Every single Christian is equally important in the Kingdom of God, and equally as vital. The person who cleans the bathroom is just as valuable as a charismatic mega-church pastor, and we shouldn't honor anyone because of his/her high "status." But as churches and Christians, sometimes we do. Shame on us!
1 Cor. 12: 21-27 (NIV)
No matter what the spiritual gift or profession, no matter the ethnic background or country of origin, everyone reading this is equally valuable to God.
We're all MVPs to God.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.