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Throwing Out The First Pitch

May 5, 2013


“…… Instead, speaking the truth in love, WE will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.  From Him the WHOLE BODY, joined and held together by EVERY supporting ligament, grows and builds ITSELF up in love, as EACH PART does ITS work.”        Ephesians 4: 15-16 (Emphasis mine)

Most of my life, for the past 2 weeks, has been consumed with helping my daughter Lydia’s fast pitch softball team.  She plays in a developmental league for girl’s age 13 and under.  The focus in this league is teaching and equipping the girls to be better all round softball players; and to know the basic rules and strategy of the game.

Everyone plays in this league.  The whole team bats the entire game and we make substitutions every 2 innings… so everyone gets to field all the various positions too.  As I prayed while coaching the Lord has been showing me that the way we are approaching this team sport is much like the Body of Christ should function whenever we gather together. 

When we gather everyone should be able to fully participate in all aspects of the meeting.  In Lydia’s softball league everyone gets the opportunity to throw, catch, run, bat, steal, pitch and slide.  There is not a single part of the game that they cannot participate in.  The same should be true of the church.  Everyone, as The Spirit leads, should be able to share, sing, encourage, pray, dance, ask questions, give answers or do anything else that HE desires.  

We all should speak the truth in love (actually in the Greek it just says that we truth in love, which includes speaking and everything else we may do) whenever we gather.  So that in ALL things we may grow up into Jesus together.  The whole Body, the whole team, should support every other member and we should grow and be built up in love for Him and one another.  Each and every part of the Body/team should do its part/work in equipping and encouraging the whole entire Body.

In Christ we all get to be a full and useful player in all aspects of BEING the Church together.  No one sits on the bench.  No one is excluded.  No one is a mere spectator.  No one rides the bench.  We all are active participants in the Body of Christ.  When the fellowships I relate to come together this is how we function.  Every member ministry should always be the norm and never the exception.  God is the ultimate Coach and we are His always developing players.  Play Ball!

Love and…..

Kirk Out !







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  1. Amazing! Jesus said, “The children of darkness are wiser in their ways than the children of light.” Here we again see that the world does in this little softball league what the church won’t allow except in those who have had to “go outside the camp” and “bear His reproach.”

  2. "BK" permalink

    Beautiful, just beautiful! “BK”

  3. CatherineS permalink

    What a great picture of the body! Like your softball team where everyone gets to participate in all areas, members of the body of Christ will be better at some things than they are at others, but that does NOT mean they shouldn’t be able to function in some areas just because it’s not what they’re best at or because someone else is better at it. My husband can’t carry a tune to save his life, but he still “makes a joyful noise” when our group is singing because he loves our Lord and he wants to sing to Him. 🙂

  4. Gary Graham permalink

    Well said Chris! Following Christ is not a spectator sport. And those of us in leadership, need to let Christ control and encourage the younger players through grace to bobble the ball, and make errors. Love & Peace Brother.

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