Good Afternoon, my friend.
Well, this is interesting. I just heard from my wife that her stepbrother died the other day from a heart attack at age 47. That’s pretty young, considering.
Have you ever stopped to consider how fragile our lives really are? We really do live on the edge of a knife, you know? I remember hearing about aneurysms and blood clots, how these can strike without warning and strike so fast that you can literally drop dead. You probably know of other examples of life being over so quickly and suddenly.
So why talk about this? It can be so negative and depressing. Well, now, that all depends. Surely you have seen a movie called “Field Of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner. Way back in 1989! (Can you believe it’s been that long?) Remember a scene where Ray Kinsella’s brother-in-law Mark is trying his best to convince Ray to sell the farm and avoid complete bankruptcy? (Just to make sure you remember, Ray has taken up a good portion of his corn fields to create a regulation-sized baseball diamond in pursuit of something he can’t explain. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson–a childhood baseball hero of Ray’s that he believes he is to help somehow–and some other old-time baseball players eventually appear on his baseball diamond. Ray and his family can see these baseball players play ball, but Mark cannot.) While they’re arguing, Ray’s daughter falls from the bleachers and isn’t breathing. One of the players on the field runs over and helps her to breathe again. After all of this happens, Mark looks across the field and eventually says to Ray, “Where did all these baseball players come from?”
Those players were there the whole time. Just because Mark couldn’t see them didn’t mean that they didn’t exist. Now, this movie couldn’t be further from being scripturally accurate, but follow me for a minute. Do you know that scientists and mathematicians have been in the process of proving the existence of at least three other dimensions besides the three we live in, and it may be as high as four or five? So what if one of those other dimensions is a spiritual one–one we can’t see with our physical eyes? Add to that, then, the validity of the Bible (something that can definitely be confirmed if you look at the right resources, like a book called “The Case For Christ”), and you’ve got a very potent mix. A mix that makes a lot of people uncomfortable, because it means that now they are actually accountable for the sin in their lives–and who really wants to face that?
But hold on a minute. The “sin factor”, as it were, is only one side of this. The much more significant side is also much more appealing. And that is this: What God has in store for you and wants for you as His redeemed through Jesus Christ is so wonderful and fantastic that it is very literally beyond even your ability to comprehend. But that can only happen if you first face and accept your need for Him. You’ve got to deal with the one side to get to the other–but oh, is it worth it!
So when we talk about death and things that happen, the place where you begin makes all the difference. My beginning place is from that “other side” (thanks to Jesus, I have already been able to deal with the first side). If your beginning place happens to be from that first side, though, all you see is hopelessness. And that’s the worst place to be in. But you can very quickly change that. It’s simply a matter of acknowledging the sin in your life, your need for a Savior because of it and then inviting that Savior (Jesus Christ) into your heart. He even told us that it’s so simple to understand and to do that even a child gets it (and they do!).
Sound preachy? It probably is. But it’s the truth, and there’s nothing wrong with stating the truth. You can argue with it all day long, but that just means that you’re not seeing the baseball players that have been on the field the whole time. So do you want to see them, or not?