For most of the last 30 years, it has seemed that baseball, more than any other major professional sport, has been ground zero for labor problems. Strikes, continued labor animosity between players and owners, and a lost World Series all contributed to almost ruin baseball. But that seems to have changed. Last week, Major League Baseball accomplished what the NBA and NFL could not—a new collective bargaining agreement that was not negotiated under the dark cloud of labor strife and a lockout. The NFL lockout was ugly, but that ugliness was nothing compared to what the NBA provided. For baseball to be the one sport to figure it out is a bit shocking—and represents a very positive kind of role reversal. An eternally more significant kind of positive reversal is seen when a person comes to Christ. In fact, that transformation is so stark that Paul described it this way:

"He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13-14).

How intense is the turnaround? It is like moving from darkness into light! And that light has come to us because Jesus, the light of the world (John 8:12), gave Himself for us. He bought us (“redemption”) and sets free all who come to Him by faith. The greatest role reversal in all of history is when a person who had been in rebellion against God becomes a part of God’s family. Do you know Him? Jesus can bring you into a dramatically new relationship with the Father, if you will put your trust in Him.   Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain