Those who follow me on face book know that I had a nostalgic day this past month. I found an article with a picture of when I signed a pro baseball contract with the San Francisco Giants. Wow, what a flashback! 47 years ago.
I would love to tell you all the stories about the great games I pitched in the major leagues and the lengthy career that God gave me, but it didn’t happen. The highlight of my baseball career was my signing as a bonus baby in 1967.
In a much different arena, it is just the opposite in my journey with Jesus. I remember when the scriptures came alive and the Holy Spirit brought me to my knees. My ‘spiritual eyes’ were opened and I saw the true heart of Jesus.
Jesus, the one who is full of grace and who accepted me as I was. He said I did not have to clean up my life to come to him! (Eph. 2:8-9) He embraced me just as I was. I remember the exact spot and the person I was with when I outwardly asked HIM to forgive me for my pride and self reliance. I signed up to follow HIM! The rest of life has been a bonus!
Much different than baseball, the journey continues. He is not about to release me…but has sent me. Sent me into a journey in life I could have never imagined. There have been plenty of bumps and bruises along the journey, but in each experience I have learned more about His kingdom.
Maybe today we can drop all preconceived ideas about Jesus and take a look at who He really is. Here are some verses in the Bible to get you started:
• Romans 3:23
• Romans 6:23
• John 3:16
• Ephesians 2:8-9
• Romans 10:8-1