Yesterday we had the unique pleasure of attending a Houston Astro’s game. One of Floyd’s patients has the most amazing box there right behind home plate and she graciously gave us seats to see our favorite baseball team play …Go Rangers! And this being Jackson’s first major league game Floyd went all out and ordered us hats and t-shirts to aptly celebrate. Floyd (the warrior as I like to call him) and Jackson (the ninja as he likes to be called) were excited for over a month to go cheer on their boys. Me, I am not much of a sports fanatic. I know the names because they say them constantly when giving each other the daily report. This usually includes how many home runs Josh Hamilton hit or catches that Ian Kinsler made the night before. I am content to be there watching the warrior and the ninja enjoy this beautiful gift of life and to take all of these experiences in.
As I sat there in this incredible atmosphere, the lavish buffets, Jackson’s oohs and aahs and the amazing view I couldn’t help but ponder a parallel to our spiritual life. Here God has seated us in heavenly places in Christ, given us this amazing view, seats us at His banqueting table with His banner over us as love yet plops us (as Texas Ranger’s fans) right in the middle of Astro territory!! Hilarious!! Yesterday, I said my definition of spiritual warfare was Ranger’s fans sitting in Astro’s box seats trying to ENJOY the game!! And yes!! the Rangers won and yes we enjoyed every minute!! I love God’s sense of humor and His view!! He is amazing!!
What really cracked me up was this gentleman behind us and his son. He just became so fascinated with us wearing all of our gear boldly, in this clearly Astros hangout, that he had to pick at us a little. Jokingly, he told us that we needed to keep down our cheering and kept reminding us that we were going to lose. Then later on in the game, he brought us a set of rules that visitors should abide by!! He further went on to read those with us and we all had a terrific laugh. He then gave Jackson an Astros ball to commemorate the occasion. He made it interesting, but in all of his tactics, he still didn’t persuade us to become Astro’s fans nor get us to stop living the dream.
It did get me thinking even further…isn’t that how the enemy is…I mean certainly not as well-meaning as this man was, but the same principle. Here we are in this world which Jesus tells us to be in it but not of it, and the enemy wants us to be fully informed of all of the rules to peaceable living here because sticking to your way will cause conflict. So, he bids us to resolve in our hearts that we are trespassers and violators and he even has the nerve to accuse us of not walking in love when we proclaim the truth. Even going so far as to threaten us with “hate crimes” if we continue on speaking the truth in love… That is why it is vitally important to understand WHOSE you are, what He has done for you and died to give you, the truth of His word, to know that you are seated in heavenly places in Christ for a reason, to keep your eyes on the prize, to cheer loudly for team Jesus and of course, don’t forget to buy the t-shirt!! Ha!
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. 24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” Hebrews 11:23-26
Be encouraged today my friends. Look to your Great reward! You might be positioned as a sheep among wolves but the GREAT shepherd is yours and you are HIS!! Follow Him as He leads you further into Him!! Keep your eyes on Him and no matter what is going on around you or to you nothing will compare to His Glory! Nothing will love and refresh you amidst the long journey like His voice and His peace. And nothing will satisfy like His love. Let not your heart be troubled; He goes to prepare a place for you where He will call you heavenward, but never forget that He is here with you NOW to accomplish His will and purposes. He is before you in all things and in Him all things hold together! Root! Root! Root! for the home team…Jesus!! And don’t forget to read Revelation, WE WIN!!!