Every game it’s just understood – The Braves got this.
I don’t even have to check the score anymore.
Did the Braves play a game last night? Then they won. It doesn’t matter if it was 10-0 in the bottom of the ninth. This year’s Braves team are the comeback kings.
Maybe it’s the magic of the new Waffle House inside Turner Field. Maybe it’s folk hero Evan Gattis, a.k.a. El Oso Blanco. Who knows?
It’s August 22 and they’ve already claimed the division. Not technically, but still, stats trackers give the Braves 100% chance of winning their division. They are saying there is absolutely no chance in the next 6 weeks another team will usurp their lead.
The Braves will win the division. They will win the league series and then the World Series. I just know it.
Or maybe not. I don’t know.
As much as I want to believe a Braves world championship is a foregone conclusion, it’s not. There are still a lot of games to be played. Our leadoff hitter Jason Heyward just broke his jaw yesterday and will be out until at least the playoffs. That’s not great news.
Of course, everything changes in the playoffs. Epic leads are meaningless. The Braves could be going home in just three games. This magical season could take a foul turn much like last year’s infamous “Infield Fly Rule” incident.
The things we are certain of can swing away in an instant.
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord!” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, “Lord, Lord, didnt’ we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?” Then I will announce to them, “I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!” (Matthew 7:21-23)
Jesus says there will be people who come to the gates of Heaven expecting to get it in who will be turned away at the door. People who will say they did things in the Lord’s name, but did not actually know the Lord.
It’s one thing to know of God. It’s a completely different thing to know God. There’s not a soul in this world who does not know of God. There are many who do not know Him.
There are many who use the Lord’s name to justify their actions but do not truly serve Him. There are many who claim to serve God but have never met Him.
There are people we are certain know the Lord. Well, they probably do. Surely someone has shared their faith with them. Right?
We must not take anything for granted with the people God has placed in our lives. We must not take our own salvation for granted either. We must examine if we truly know the Lord or if we simply know His name.
The things we are certain of, even the victories we are sure of, are not always a sure thing.
I just know the Braves will keep on winning. But they must keep showing up and playing hard every night to keep hitting those home runs.
If you want to be sure of your salvation you must show up as well. You cannot just know God’s name. You must get to know Him personally.
Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
Are there people out there you think know the Lord, but you’ve never talked to them about it? Do you really know The Lord? Or do you just know of Him? Who is one person you could share your faith with today?