Josh Hamilton was the first overall pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft. Unfortunately adversity struck his young life and career in the form of numerous injuries. In his first three seasons he missed a total of 236 games due to injuries and self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. Major League Baseball suspended him indefinitely in 2004 for violating their drug policy. He was later reinstated and has been selected as an All-Star for three straight seasons and was named MVP of the American League in 2010. He has also led his team, the Texas Rangers, to two straight World Series appearances.
Abraham Lincoln grew up in meager circumstances, failed at business twice and had what most would call a nervous breakdown. He lost when he ran for Congress, lost twice when he ran for the Senate and lost as a vice presidential candidate. Lincoln was then elected the 16th president of the United States, led the country to reconciliation and won re-election. His leadership acumen, political skill and outstanding speeches all contributed to his amazing comeback.
The church today is in decline and this is no surprise to most of us. While there are pockets of people that are experiencing growth, many are embroiled in the debates of shrinking budgets, dwindling baptisms, and dilapidated buildings.
Many Christians today do not experience the power of God or the peace He provides. Our schedules overwhelm us. Our choices are killing us. We are paralyzed by the good when the best is still on the table.
How do we make a comeback? How can you personally see a comeback in your life? How can you once again relish in the peace of God and stand firm in the power of God? How can our marriages and families be glued together? How can your church make a difference? How can your group impact the world around you?
The world is to be won to Christ through the mission and ministry of the local church. The local church will make a comeback when Christians come back to Christ, His cross, His cause and His kingdom. Based on 2 Timothy 3:14-17, let me share with you 3 key thoughts today.
1. Grab the Word of God. Too simple? How long since you last read the Bible for yourself? Reading for class, reading to your child, studying for the next lesson are all good things but irrelevant in this discussion. If you are going to make a comeback, it begins with grabbing the Word of God.
2. Get the Will of God. Once you start diving into Scripture for your relationship with God, you will notice how it changes you. Not only is it inspired by God, it is inspiring for your life. It will educate you on the ways of life and the choices you must make. It will punch you in the face about the dumb things you did yesterday and are considering already for tomorrow. Scripture will provide the training you need for everyday circumstances. You will know what God wants because it is clear in Scripture.
3. Go the Way of God. This passage states the result being that we would be complete. You are ready to go out and make right decisions at the right time for the right reasons. God will do a work in you to make a comeback. Gather together others who are making their comebacks and you notice a different neighborhood, community, and world.
You are never too old to dream a new dream. Go for it!