The major league baseball season has reached its halfway point and the Seattle Mariners are the surprise of the league. Their record is 57-34 and they are solidly 6 games ahead of Oakland for the wild card birth and only 3 games behind last year’s World Series Champion Houston Astros. It appears that the Mariners will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2001! Go Mariners!
The halfway point of the season also marks the annual All Star game to be played on July 17th. The best of the best appear in a game that isn’t just for fun. Whatever league wins (National or American) the team that wins the pennant gets home field advantage for the World Series. So, if Seattle makes it to the World Series, they would have games 1 & 2 at home and games 3,4 & 5(if necessary) are played on the road with games 6 & 7 (if necessary) back home. So, home field advantage is a big deal. And the All Star game means something!
Fortunately, God doesn’t have an All Star team. He uses ordinary people like you and me to further Christ’s kingdom. He gifts us all with at least one spiritual gift to use for that purpose. There are no All Stars on His team but even better, we are made in the very image of God! Let’s all get that firmly etched in our consciousness and serve God. If you’ve ever been picked last for a sport, or weren’t quite good enough to make the team, you know how insignificant that made you feel. On God’s team, we all play an important part no matter what our abilities. God has placed us right where he wants us. 1 Corinthians 12:28-30 states: “And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?”
There are no all stars on God’s team, we all play a vital part. If you watch the all star game this week, remember all the people in the background that made it happen. That’s exactly how the kingdom of God works; we are all in important, necessary, and needed. In a sense, we are all ALL STARS! Enjoy the game.