During my 11-year Big League career I had many coaches. I always enjoyed looking at my coach’s baseball careers on the back of their baseball cards. I didn’t do this to be impressed by their stats, even though I was. When I looked on the back of their cards I saw someone who had experienced the baseball life. I saw someone who could help me while I was going through the ups and downs of my career.
When it comes to our spiritual growth, we cannot do it by ourselves, we need each other and we need guidance. This guidance can come from our pastor or someone who is intentionally investing in your life. However, you need to make sure that the guidance you get leads you directly to the Triune God. It is only through the work of the Holy Spirit in your life, and through His Word, that you find the key to your personal growth.
We all need one another. Your assistant coaches, your family and your players. Here are some passages that illustrate our responsibilities to each other:
We are to serve one another (Galatians 5:13).
Confess and pray for one another (James 5:16).
Teach and admonish one another (Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:19).
Fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7).
Love one another (John 13:34).
On the baseball field, I couldn’t get to where I needed to go on my own. In our Christian life, we need one another in order to grow spiritually. We can’t do it all on our own.
– Eddie Taubensee, Former MLB Catcher for 11 seasons, Director of Baseball Ministries for The Increase and hitting coach in the San Francisco Giants organization.
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