Lou Brock is one of baseball’s all-time greats. Back in the 1960s and 70s the St. Louis Cardinals speedster changed the way the game was played. His prowess on the base paths created havoc for opposing teams. Brock’s 118 steals in 1974 set a major league record and earned him The Sporting News Man of the Year Award.
When Brock retired after the 1979 season, he left the game as baseball’s all-time stolen base leader with 938 steals. He also amassed 3,023 hits during his 18-year career, making him an easy choice for baseball’s Hall of Fame. To close out his baseball record, Brock was elected to the Hall in 1985.
Yet in spite of his status as one of baseball’s all-time greats, Lou Brock knows his place. Brock understands that his accomplishments in America’s pastime are a blessing. He has a firm grasp on the fact that his eternity is secure because of the accomplishment of his Lord, Jesus Christ, on the cross. Christ’s victorious achievement is the lone action that has transformed his life.
“Jesus Christ is the name greater than any other name. It’s the only name that will get you into heaven,” explains Brock. “When you look at the Old Testament, it was about the coming of Jesus Christ. When we look at the New Testament, we get to John the Baptist who was the first prophet to say ‘Repent!’ because He [the Messiah] is no longer just coming–He’s here!”
Even Hall of Famers with legendary accomplishments—superstars such as Lou Brock—must acknowledge and submit to Jesus Christ as Lord. Have you?