I was watching the MLB Homerun derby on yesterday evening, and one of the hitters was struggling to get on a roll to knock homeruns out of the park because of trying to do to much with the bat. However, he took a time out, settled down, and came back it seemed as a whole different batter. The commentators commented that he was now being, or as I would like to say it, ordering his natural swing, by being who he is; and the balls start to leave the park. This guy ended up making it all the way to the final round of the contest, and finishing in 2nd place to the eventual winner when it initially appeared that he would have an early exit from the contest. It is all about being who you are naturally made to be, or as I would like to say it, as you are ordered to be in the Lord by the Father. So many times when under the pressure of the moment, just as can happen to an all star baseball hitter, we try to play the game in a different way than the way that got us to that place in that moment. The baseball player became outstanding by doing what he naturally does, normally, whatever the moment maybe that comes up. And the balls will just do what they were meant to do whenever they are hit by an outstanding hitter: the balls will naturally, normally, leave the park so that the batter can come home. There was a three time MLB Homerun derby winner in attendance at the contest, and they asked him roughly, how many of his contest homeruns did he try to knock out of the park? His answer to them was five: in other words, he just got up to the plate, and just did what he does naturally, and let the rest take care of itself as it does normally.
Yeah, you have to watch me, I can get a good teaching from a game of horse shoes, as I get each and every time I’m brave enough to challenge my wife to toss a few. Ah, see, here I go again: maybe that’s my thorn in the flesh, so that every time I begin to think more highly of myself than I ought, she’s standing right there at the back patio door singing: the door is wide open for you to lose, and the door is wide open for me to beat you. lol. Anyway, we Christians, who many of us are athletes at one level or another, can learn just how important it is for our walk in the Lord, as it is for the higher level athletes, to just let our natural God given talent come forth to do what it does. It is important to know that it does not produce the same out come when we allow the pressure of the moment to make us change to do more than we should, or as I would like to say it, to do more than we are ordered by the Father to do. This would be the time to call time out, settle down, and come back as a whole different Christian: ready to Mount Up On Our Ordered Flight Path, And Leave It For The Father To Spread His Wings. I want to close this out as clear as I can. It is our order to follow all that is ordered by the Father to do, and it is his order to fulfil the rest of what he did not order us to do: for example, it is our job to follow his orders up to the cliff, but it is his job to spread his wings to get us over safely to the next ridge. We have been gifted as a body, to use our God given gifts to follow the order hidden in the Word to get us to the edge of the cliff. We get in trouble when we either try to do too much, or we see the mountain and come into fear thinking that we can do no more. Here is where we are not naturally, or normally called of God to do too much with our God given gifts to the mountain; however, we are naturally, and normally called of God to do much with our God given gifts to whatever is in the way of our ordered flight plan. We are ordered many times to just cross the street, but many of us take it upon ourselves to presume that we should do more than natural, or normal. So here it is, it maybe natural and normal in the ways of a human to use their God given gifts to do more once they cross the street: go knock on a door, move off the curb so mud doesn’t splash on the dress or the suit, go sit on the bench as not to look lost, it’s got to be normal to God’s order to do a little evangelizing while waiting on the Father to show what’s next, and on and on are there things that can be done once the street is crossed, right? Nope, the only thing that is natural and normal in the ways of God is for us to do that which is ordered only, and not to do more than we would naturally, and normally. It is never natural or normal with God for us to do more than what he has ordered us to do. So stay within the order until he gives the next order, and leave it to the Father to do the spreading of any wings.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.