Pastor’s column

Pastor’s column

Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2008 3:50 pm

 The Messenger. 08.07.08

Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association

His name is Josh Hamilton, and he really wowed the fans in the stands as well as millions watching on television. It was the annual “home run derby,” the night before the all Star Game in Yankee Stadium. In the first round, Josh hit an amazing 28 home runs, several traveling 500 feet or more. It was a record for a single round in this long-running event — one of those feats that it is hard to imagine ever being topped. 

Ironically, Josh did not win the competition. After breezing through the first round and easing through the second, he did not hit well in the finals.

But Josh Hamilton was a true winner that night, because he clearly gave credit to the “One” who had given him the ability to play at all. He knew that it was only by the grace of God and the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ that he was even there. 

For Josh had a past that had kept him from playing baseball in the major leagues. He had been a drug and alcohol user who had totally messed up his life and nearly wrecked his family. To be playing in the majors, and to be chosen as an “all star,” was a tremendous thrill for him.

But the greatest thrill for Josh is the relationship that he has with Jesus Christ, and he took the opportunity to share that with those thousands of fans in Yankee Stadium and the millions watching on television. No one expected a Christian testimony service that evening, but that didn’t slow Josh down a bit. He had been saved by grace and he was quick to give the glory to God. He could do nothing more important than that. He wanted people to know.

 This event reminds us of two things. First, God is still in the business of changing lives, one at a time. No one is beyond His reach. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, call on Him and He will hear you. Find a good Bible-believing church to get involved with to help you grow in your faith. 

And second, when God does change us through the gift of salvation, we should be quick to give the glory to the Lord, for He is worthy of our praise. 

Someone you know needs to hear your testimony.

 Rev. Mel Jacobs

First Church of God

415 South Miles Ave., Union City

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