Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March 26, 2015

"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37-39

Home plate is the connection base where you commit to God to receive His power and purpose.

First base is the character base where you consecrate yourself to his personal plan for you.

Second base is the community base where God's love in you connects with God's love in others to create community in His Spirit.

Success at second base is evidence you have successfully connected at home and at second. Second base is where your godly love will get expressed or you lack of love will get exposed.

When you get into second base you are considered to be in "scoring position" because you can get home from there on a base hit by a team mate. So getting to second base is VERY important!

How will you get there?

A few helpful thoughts.

  • Keep short accounts. 

The Bible says, "Be angry but sin not. Don't let the sun go down on your wrath." 

Get over things quickly. Extend grace and give the benefit of the doubt. Think well of others. If it bothers you too much then humbly meet with the person and work through it.

  • Forgive what you can't fix!
Unilateral forgiveness is the best kind. You need forgiveness from time to time so don't hesitate giving it to others. Take the high road and be the bigger person. Love like Velcro and forgive like Teflon!
  • Give more than you get!
Who do you like best, givers or takers? Right! So be a giver! Add value to everyone you meet. Do more than is demanded and more than expected. Give what you would like to receive. 

Let's see: keep short accounts, forgive what you can't fix, and give more than you get. Who does that sound like?

The Best Second Base player ever, Jesus!

Will you move into scoring position today?