Every baseball is made with exact specifications. 108 red stitches woven in a trademark figure-eight pattern. A horsehide or cowhide cover. Then 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 probably never see the inside of a baseball while it is in play, but it could be said what is inside that sphere is what makes the entire game of baseball possible. One could even 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 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 because of that fact, he deserves to rule at the core of our lives.
The message is now available for free download via our church podcast page.