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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Friday, August 30, 2019

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” — Galatians 2:20

The Greater Goal

The name Bobby Richardson, a former second baseman for the New York Yankees, will forever live in World Series history — but not for the reason you might think.

In the 1960 World Series, the Pirates defeated Richardson’s Yankees in seven games. Although Richardson’s team lost, he was named the MVP of the series after hitting .367 with 12 RBI, including a grand slam in Game 3. It was the first time a player from the losing team had won the award, and no MLB player has accomplished the feat since.

Although Richardson was probably grateful to receive the award, he and his team still missed out on the greater accomplishment — winning the World Series.

In Galatians, Paul explains how, as followers of Christ, we aren’t called to live for our own accomplishments, but for the greater goal of spreading the name of Christ. We shouldn’t seek to live for ourselves or even strive after our own personal interests.

Instead, we must allow Jesus Christ to live in us through His Spirit, that we might glorify and honor the One who loved us and gave up Himself for us. May Jesus Christ, not your flesh, rule and guide your life.

Kevin Horner

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