[CF Devotionals] 2015-10-06 - World Series

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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)

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

James 2:1-7 (Msg)

My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted?

5-7 Listen, dear friends. Isn’t it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world’s down-and-out as the kingdom’s first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God. And here you are abusing these same citizens!

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.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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