Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 25, 2015

Spring training started last week at FredWes!

I put on the old ball glove and went over the ground rules for the Home Run life and we used a Hall-of-Famer, Joseph, to illustrate how it plays out.

When you play the game according to God’s pattern you have no idea how good it can get!

That’s what Paul tells the believers at Ephesus.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”  Ephesians 3:14-20

God loves you more than you will ever know!

Until you submit to God’s pattern you will never know His love. Even then you will need to stay connected and touch all the bases. You will never find this love if you are running the bases backward.

Home plate is where you connect with God! That connection allows you to know His love. Until you make that connection you will never know the joy of His love.

Once you have a meaningful faith connection with God you can move to first base.  First base is where His love grows in you and shapes your personal character.

Second base is where knowing God’s love and growing in His love allows you to show His love to others. I was introduced to God’s love through people who were second base people and knew how to show God’s love. Perhaps you were, too.

Third base is results base where you begin to see the harvest from sowing the seeds of His love.

When you play according to His pattern you will know His love in increasing measure.

Connect at Home Plate and know His love.

First base is where you can grow in His love.

Second base is where you show the love you know.

Third base is where you growing in love and you showing His love results in others knowing His love.

Then you head back home to connect to His love at deeper level!

The goal of the Home Run life is to live your life according to His pattern so you can experience the fullness of His great love, the fellowship of His great love and the fruit resulting from His great love!