For those of us who love the game of Baseball there is nothing more exciting than the World Series. Everyone has their favorite team, but at this time of the year we simply put that aside and watch the two best teams in baseball come together for this seven game series to determine who has the best team in baseball. What always fascinates me about this "Fall Classic" are the individuals that will arise to the challenge of playing to their full potential in order to propel their time to the final victory.
As much as I love the game, I have a greater love for the Lord Jesus Christ. And I always look for the story within the story when it comes to baseball and its players. One such story that caught my attention is that of Albert Pujols of the ST. Louis Cardinals. He has been touted as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. At the age of 30 years old he has already more accomplishments as a baseball player than most could hope for. Yet in a book about his life, "Pujols: More Than A Game" we get a glimpse into the man and his faith in Jesus Christ. I enjoyed reading that Albert Pujols asks opposing runners at first base, “If you died today, where do you think you’re going to go?” Lamb and Ellsworth the books authors, lucidly describe both the season-by-season baseball exploits of Pujols, but also the impact he’s having on some lives for eternity."
Really! That's what is important, if you died today, where do you think you are going? Here is a professional baseball player, who in the midst of the game has the spiritual awareness to ask that question in the midst of the game. We can be busy playing the game of life, but when it comes to the question of eternity it is no game. Our relationship with Christ will be the game changer, to know Him and to have put our personal faith and trust in Him will answer the question, "If you died today, where do you think you will be going?"
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” (Ro 10:8 -13).