The phone finally rang and the baseball player who was doing well finally got the call he was waiting for. He had proved himself in the minor leagues and now he had been called up by the big leagues. It is the dream of every minor league baseball player to someday get that upward call.
The Apostle Paul described his desire to live the Christian life and compared it to an athlete. He tells us in Phil. 3:12-14: “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”. Paul played the game of the Christian life with intensity and that “press on” spirit. He challenges all Christ-followers to look for that day when we shall win the race and receive the prize. He tells about the wonderful experience of receiving the upward call of God. I believe this refers to the end of our Christian race when we will stand before our Lord complete and perfected in holiness. I wonder how well we are doing in the minor leagues of our service down here. Are we pressing on, are we reaching forward, are we serving our Lord faithfully? Do we press on to be Christlike in all of our words and actions? Do we strive to be obedient to His Word, faithful in our walk and bold in our witness?
Paul finally received his upward call and is now enjoying the prize for the rest of eternity. However, you and I are still playing in the minor leagues. We need to play with intensity and press on with fervency because one day we will be “called up” to the big league.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation