This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NLT)
Baseball legend Ted Williams’ career with the Boston Red Sox was marred, to a degree, by his sour and antagonistic relationship with the fans and media in Boston, and having led the Red Sox to just one American League pennant in his entire career (and no World Series titles). But as the last All-Star Game of the 20th century came back to Boston, it was was Williams who was awarded the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. And as the crowd came alive for that magical night, all old feelings were transformed into great praise and honor for the Splendid Splinter, the Hero of Hardball.
We have never done anything to deserve God’s grace, yet He offers it freely because of His great love. In spite of our rebellious attitude and His necessary corrective measures, when we finally yield our selfish will, Heaven welcomes us home greater than anything Fenway Park experienced in 1999!
As you get ready to come to church tomorrow, know that God’s love is greater than our failures. While we beat ourselves up for letting God down, He simply waits with open arms to bring you back to His love. Be grateful today for that amazing grace! See you tomorrow!