The Game of Life by Rex Yancey

The Game of Life
Rex Yancey
II Corinthians 5:20-6:2

Baseball has been known as America's sport. Someone might say that something is as American as baseball, apple pie, or Chevrolet. Baseball is in the Bible. "In the BIG inning..." So is tennis. "Daniel served in the king's court..." So are motorcycles. "Joshua's TRIUMPH was heard throughout the land..." I have looked hard to find golf in the Bible. The closest I can get is that "Moses threw a stick in the water...!"

Seniors, you are to be congratulated today. That is why we are having this commencement to honor you for reaching this goal. We are thankful to have had a part in your lives.

I want to challenge you today by using the analogy of baseball. You come to the plate in life. You are thrown some pitches. The object of the game is to make it past the bases and make it back to home plate. The same is true when it comes to spiritual life.

1. FIRST BASE REPRESENTS SALVATION.
-Ecclesiastes says "There is a time to be born and a time to die." The implication is that there is a dash in the middle where we prepare to meet God. You are in the middle of that dash. If you should live to three score and ten, you have lived about a fourth of your life. But of course, there are no guarantees! The idea is that we do not have all the time in the world to get ready to meet God. There is always urgency about life. "Behold now is the acceptable time, behold, now, is the day of salvation."

-It is amazing how many people strike out at the plate. Some even try to hide in the batter's circle. But time keeps moving right along.

-Today I want to throw you a straight pitch. The gospel is as simple as ABC.
1. All have sinned.
2. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Confess Him before men.

Has there been a time in your life when God revealed to you that you were a sinner? Have you believed on Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you confessed Him before men? You haven't made it to fi ...


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