SERMON ILLUSTRATION: The Lord’s Baseball Team

Bob was caught up in the spirit where he and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord’s team was playing Satan’s team. The Lord’s team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. They continued to watch as a big, burly batter, Love, stepped up to the plate . Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single. “That was great,” Bob said. “Yes,” answered the Lord, “Love never fails.”

The next batter, a strong lad called Faith, got up to bat and slapped a single into right field. “Wonderful!” said Bob. “Yes,” answered the Lord, “Faith and Love work together well.”

The next batter up was Godly Wisdom. Satan wound up and threw the first pitch. Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass. “Looked good to me,” said Bob, a little confused. The Lord shook his head. “It wasn’t. and Godly Wisdom is never fooled by Satan’s pitches.” Ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked. The bases were loaded.

The Lord then turned to Bob and told him He was going to bring in His star player. Up to the plate stepped Grace, a scrawny, gentle-looking player. “He doesn’t look like much,” Bob said. Satan’s whole team relaxed when they saw Grace. Cat-calls and jeering hoots filled the air. Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch.

To Bob’s amazement, Grace hit the ball high into the stars. But Satan was not worried; his center fielder, the Prince of the Power of the Air, let very few get by. He shot up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, spun him around, and sent him crashing on the ground. The ball continued flying through space, giving the Lord’s team a winning home run! Bob gave the Lord a puzzled look. “Why couldn’t Love, Faith, or Godly Wisdom hit a homer like that?” The Lord replied, “Love, Faith, and Godly Wisdom are great players, but only Grace can get you home.”

About Dr. Mike Harmon

Dr. Harmon began preaching at the age of 15 while living in southern California. He has conducted over 600 revivals and evangelistic campaigns nationwide, and has served as Senior Pastor at seven churches. Dr. Harmon has degrees from Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. From the Christian Bible College and Seminary. He has served as trustee for Southeastern Baptist College and Chairman of the trustees for the BMA Theological Seminary. He also served as Chaplain for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Senate. His many sermons and articles on Christian Apologetics are widely published. He is married to one wife of 43 years; has two sons, and seven grandchildren. He considers the simple pleasures of cooking, dining with family and friends, and liesurely rides on his Harley through the Texas Hill Country to be some of the most enjoyable blessings from the Lord.
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