“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”—1 Corinthians 16:13
I’ve always enjoyed watching baseball but I do believe the sport lacks a significant element today and that is team loyalty. Some of my favorite players were George Brett, Robin Yount, and Cal Ripken, Jr., all of whom stayed with their respective teams through the high and low years, no matter what. Trades were rare deals and contracts were secondary to being part of a team for life.
I feel that the direction of modern baseball is simply following the spirit of our age, which tells us to jump to the next thing that looks good. Our age says, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, so hop the fence!” Though change is sometimes the will of God, there are certain things we ought to be loyal to no matter what, such as our wife and kids, our faith, our convictions.
Paul’s encouragement to “quit you like men” means “Stand up and be men of courage! We could summarize Paul’s quick word of advice in this way…
“Stand fast in the faith, never give up on your belief in Christ.”
“Stand up with courage, never give in to the world’s pressure.”
“Stand strong, see the trials of life as God’s chisel in our lives.”
Men, stand fast, stand up, and stand strong! Isn’t your God worth it? Isn’t your country worth it? Aren’t your wife and kids worth it? We need another generation of Cal Ripkens – iron men who will endure the slumps of life and enjoy the highlights of our season and who, through both, never want to miss the game. It’s the ninth inning of history and victory is at stake, so stay on the base-path and head for home plate!