“But God demonstrated His great love, by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
Many years ago I read the story of Lou Johnson, a 1965 World Series hero for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lou tried for 30 years to recover the world championship ring he lost to drug dealers in 1971. Drug and alcohol abuse cost him everything from that magical season, including his uniform, glove, and the bat he used to hit the winning home run in the deciding game.
When Dodger president, Bob Graziano, learned that Johnson’s World Series ring was about to be auctioned on the internet, he immediately wrote a check for $3,457 and bought the ring before any bids were posted. He did for Johnson what the former Dodger outfielder was unable to do for himself.
Johnson, 66, who has been drug free for years and a Dodger community relations employee, wept when given the gold ring. He said, “It felt like a piece of me had been reborn.”
In a similar way, God did for us what we could not do for ourselves. God loves the world so much—that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to die on a cross for the sins of the world. He paid a debt He did not owe—because we owed a debt we could not pay.
Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, God loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without a directional compass, God’s love encompasses us and gives us direction. You may feel flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or even broken; however God loves you unconditionally.
To have a right relationship with God, His Son, Jesus Christ is the access point. He loves you so much. Run to Him. He is waiting with arms open wide, just for you. Trust Him today.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 39 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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