Everyone loves to hit a home run.
No batter on the face of the earth has ever said, “You know, home runs are ok, but I’d really rather just lay down a sacrifice bunt.”
That just doesn’t happen!
Everyone loves to hit the bases-clearing, game-winning home run. But you can’t clear the bases if they’re not full of runners.
I tell our Soma worship leaders all the time, “Not every week can be a home run, we need some singles, doubles and triples too.”
Now, I love the opportunity to lead Soma and I love what God has been doing in Brown County and I’m pumped to say that the past few weeks have been home runs in people’s hearts and lives. But these last few weeks have only been home runs because we’ve had a summer full of singles, doubles and triples. The past few weeks have been incredible, not because of our awesome plans, but because of the groundwork that’s been laid by the Spirit over a season.
The same thing is true of everything we do. We’d all love to hit a home run and see our friend/co-worker/family enter into God’s covenant through baptism. So we work and work and work but it seems like we aren’t getting anywhere so we get frustrated and discouraged when the truth is, we’re laying down bunts and hitting singles and advancing the Gospel in ways we haven’t considered.
When it feels like you’re fighting a losing battle, just remember, you’re loading the bases for Jesus to step to the plate and win the game. Don’t give up, no matter how tired you get or how insignificant you feel. You’ve got a ringer batting right behind you and the momentum IS going to shift. Stay in the game. Run the race. Fight the fight.
On September 15, 2011, I shared another post about “playing church” called “There’s No Such Thing As ‘Fantasy Church.'”