Today’s AMI Quiet Time Devotional is provided by Pastor Ryun Chang.
Devotional Thought for Today
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
Trevor Hoffman, who played in the Major League Baseball for 18 years, mostly with San Diego Padres, was an incredible relief pitcher who saved more than 600 games! In 1998, Hoffman was at his best as his success ratio of saving games was nearly perfect—98 percent. So it was long over-due that Hoffman was finally elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Ironically, it was that year—the 1998 World Series—that the whole world witnessed his imperfection. Pitching to a Yankee player named Scott Brosius, who hit about .200 that year (very pathetic), Hoffman gave up a home run that won the game for the Yankees.
As the commentator was trying to explain why Hoffman failed, he said: “Hoffman should have started the inning instead of entering the game with a runner on the first base, because the relievers don’t mind cleaning up their own messes but not someone else’s.” I was dumbfounded by that statement! You see, in the 70s and 80s, the top relief pitcher was always brought in risky situations (i.e., runners on base in close games) to bail the team out from a potentially disastrous inning. That is why the top relief pitcher is called “The Top Fireman”—as in putting out the fire.
Upon hearing that, I was reminded of my old college roommate from many years ago. At the time, six guys lived in a two-bedroom apartment, which meant that dirty dishes were often left unwashed in the sink. So one Sunday night, I told my roommate to do the dishes. (Yes, I felt a little upset that I was doing it all the time!) Now, there were enough dirty dishes and pots where it would take at least 15-20 minutes to wash them, but my roommate came back to the room after a couple minutes. When I asked, “Done already?” he gleefully said, “Yes.” Feeling incredulous, I went to the kitchen to see what he did, and the first thing I saw were the stacks of dirty dishes. It then became apparent to me that he washed only the dishes he used that week—he probably spent more time identifying his dishes than washing them. But isn’t my roommate’s and that baseball commentator’s philosophy the same: I don’t mind cleaning after my own mess, but I don’t like to clean up somebody else’s?
If Christ had that philosophy, then we would all be heading to hell.
People—don’t be so selfish! Clean up after somebody’s else mess as well. Paul says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
So “have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:5-8).
Prayer: Dear God, change my perception so that nothing will seem too messy and too inconvenient for me to lend my hands if it means to help someone to know the love of your Son Jesus. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Judges 18-19