Let’s Abandon the “Cruise Ship” for the “Battleship” of Following Jesus Christ

imageBattleships are dangerous & uncomfortable & involve hard work & sacrifice, while cruise ships are safe & luxurious & and involve entertainment & relaxation. Why in the world would anybody choose a battleship over a cruise ship? Let me tell you a quick story that shows this clearly.

In 2010 I heard on the news that a baseball legend had passed away, a man named Bob Feller. They called him “one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game.” He was compared to iconic players like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio & so on. But I never heard of him. Bob Feller was like the “LeBron James” of his day – going straight from high school to professional athletic stardom. Except, Bob Feller was immediately dominant. He had by far the hardest fastball of his day. He led the league in strikeouts in his 1st full season and for another 3 seasons after that. He became the most famous baseball player of his day, even appearing on the cover of Time magazine. In fact, he led the American League in wins and in strikeouts every single year played from 1939 through 1947. Also he had All-Star games, a World Series title, and induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame to his credit.

So why is Bob Feller not a household name? It’s because Bob Feller didn’t play every year from 1939 to 1947. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. And the very next day, Bob Feller, with a $100,000 contract on the table (approx. $1.6 million today), walked away from baseball stardom, and joined the United States Navy. He served as a gunner on the battleship USS Alabama. He saw extensive action in the North Atlantic and in the South Pacific. He was gone from baseball for nearly 4 of his physical prime years. Bob Feller basically chose a battleship. He had a cruise ship life in his hands – the money, the fame… everything! And he freely chose the battleship. He recognized that the sacrifice of serving in WWII was far greater than any reward that could be found in baseball.

This is why someone would choose a battleship over a cruise ship. Because they understand what’s at stake, and they want their life to count for the most important thing. Does our choice say how much we value God? About what our salvation is worth to us? How much glory & honor does this choice bring to our Lord Jesus? 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV), “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. “

One of the things we are going to do when we get to heaven is serve God. So guess what God wants us to do while we’re here on earth? He wants us to practice serving. (Rick Warren) The Last Rain Ministry Church is not a cruise ship. It is a battleship. With a mission. And each of us has an important position to fill, a need to serve our church.

All hands on deck! Man your battle stations! The following ministries are available for signup:

P.S: Date is still to be determined for 2017 Battleship.

  1. Administration
  2. Church Support
  3. Cooking
  4. Decor
  5. Facility and Building Maintenance
  6. Multimedia
  7. Music
  8. Outreach
  9. Public Relations and Media
  10. Sunday School
  11. Ushers
  12. Worship Leaders and Singers

 

 

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