Every baseball is made with exact specifications. 108 red stitches are woven in a trademark figure-eight pattern. Peel back the horsehide or cowhide cover, and you’ll discover a series of independent windings of yarn that, if held end-to-end, would stretch the length of almost four football fields! Near the center of the ball are layers of red and black rubber, and then, in the very middle, is a cork core, roughly the size of a bouncy ball you’d get out of a gumball machine.
You’ll never see the inside of a ball while it is in play, but it could be said that what is inside that sphere is what makes the entire game of baseball possible. One could argue it is the most important part of the game.
If we could draw a spiritual lesson, it would be this: what is at the center of your life is the most important thing about you. Last Sunday, we explored this theme from Colossians 1. According to the Apostle Paul, the most central focus of our lives and of the church must be Jesus Christ. “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together…he is the head…that in everything he might be preeminent” (Col. 1:17-18).
This profound passage was likely an early church hymn, and provided much encouragement for us on Easter Sunday. We learned that Jesus is firstborn from the dead (the hope and firstfruits of our own resurrection), and as because of that fact, he deserves first place at the very core of our lives.
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