Romans 5

Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

Though the events of baseball in the U.S. in the spring of 1995 were hardly of earth-shattering importance, the players’ strike did provide unexpected lessons. The major-league baseball owners wanted to begin the season on schedule, with or without their star players. When the strike did not end, the managers made the key decision to replace them with some average guys who wanted to play.

Who were they? In The Grip of Grace, Max Lucado tells how these men were an example of God’s major-league grace:

These weren’t minor-leaguers. The minor leagues were also on strike. These were fellows who went from coaching Little League one week to wearing a Red Sox uniform the next…

These guys didn’t make it to the big leagues on skill; they made it on luck. They weren’t picked because they were good; they were picked because they were willing… They were just happy to be on the team…

Shouldn’t we be, as well? Aren’t we a lot like these players? If the first four chapters of Romans tell us anything, they tell us we are living a life we don’t deserve… We aren’t skillful enough to make the community softball league, but our names are on the greatest roster of history! Do we deserve to be here? No. But would we trade the privilege? Not for the world.

Father, thank You for putting my name on the greatest roster of history. I’m so glad I’m on the winning team!

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