Baseball is a team game, requiring the successful coordination of players with distinctive roles. Each of the 9 defensive positions on the field demands a particular skillset, which usually means that if you are good at one position, you will probably struggle at several others. On May 13, 2008, however, Florida State University baseball player Buster Posey (now with the San Francisco Giants and one of the finest catchers in the major leagues) did the seemingly impossible. Through the course of the game, he played all nine defensive positions in an extraordinary exhibition of individual talent. However, in spite of that achievement, Posey was not a one-man team. He still needed players in the other 8 positions for his Florida State team to win the game.
It has long been said that there is no “I” in team, because every part of the team contributes. In a big game, someone might hit the winning shot or drive in the winning run, but without the rest of the team, they couldn’t have been in the position to do that. In a team sport, you can’t say that it was all because of one player.
In life, however, we know that there are things that are utterly and completely all because of Christ—and here are several (though you may think of others):
Fulfilling the law on our behalf: We could never reach the standards or expectations of God’s laws, so Jesus did. “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17-18).
Provide us salvation: We could never earn favor with God or deserve His grace, but Jesus “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Equipping us for living: This is seen both in the positive and the negative-
- Positive: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)
- Negative: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Left to ourselves, we would be lost, alone, and without hope—but we have not been left to ourselves! Christ has come that we might have life and have it more abundantly, and it is all because of Him and what He has done. Relationship with God has been made available to us through His cross and His love… the most important things in life both now and forever are all because of Jesus.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain