On the top shelf of my desk is a small odd looking round ball. Its surface is rough and dimpled, it has a strange weight and texture to it, and at first glance would appear to have no useful purpose.
While it looks useless for anything, its value and purpose is essential and mighty.
It is the inside of a baseball.
When we hold a regulation Major League baseball in our hand it fails to tell the whole story.
What we see is leather and stitching on the outside, but the entire picture is what is going on in the inside of this finely engineered dynamo.
I used to love to unravel old baseballs. It's actually very relaxing and somewhat therapeutic.
First you pick away at the stitching on the outside and peel away the leather cover. Next you find an endless mass of miles of elastic type threading which goes on forever. If you do it correctly you can get a bunch of it off in one continuous piece without breaking the thread.
Finally you get down to a composite material which must be cut away if you want to get to the very core and center, the actual power plant of the baseball, which is a very small and very hard rubber ball.
It's on my desk because I need to be reminded that it is what is at the core that provides my strength and power.
1 Peter 1:21
"Through Him (Jesus Christ) you believe in (adhere to, rely on) God, Who raised Him up from the dead and gave Him honor and glory, so that your faith and hope are [centered and rest] in God."
If it wasn't for that small hard rubber core at he heart of the baseball, it would never get too far out of the infield when hit with a bat. It would not have what's necessary to provide a fearsome fastball from the hand of a power pitcher.
What's at the core of the believer is the same principle. We may look somewhat impressive on the outside, but it is what is at the core of a person that counts, and if that core is not Jesus Christ then that person does not perform at the level God has designed.
Where are we, even in all of our splendor and successes, without faith and hope?
Success lasts a mere 70-80 years. Faith and hope bring us through eternity.
Any success I ever achieve is a result of my faith and hope in Christ.
When I am unraveled someday, all that will be found is Him.
Everything else will turn to dust.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><