Cubs Fan

Yesterday I went into Walgreen’s to pick up a few things, and while I was there I picked up a baseball magazine in anticipation of the upcoming season. I have been a baseball fan for my entire life and love to both play and watch the sport.

While I was checking out, the man who was helping me made comment of the magazine, and asked who my team was. I have been a Chicago Cubs fan since 1972. I have stuck with them through thick and thin (emphasis on the thin). Last season (WE) finally did it. (WE) won the World Series. It was a little weird though when he asked me my team. I wasn’t quick to gush on my beloved Cubbies. I told him I was a Cubs fan, but without a breath and before he could say anything, I quickly added that I am not a bandwagon jumper and I have followed them for nearly 50 years. I wanted him to know that I am not a Johnny come-lately kind of a fan. I am a true RED, WHITE, and BLUE fan.

When it comes to our relationship with Jesus Christ, we must remember that He loves all of us the same. There is no special affection for someone who has followed him for 50 years compared to someone who just gave their life to Him.

In Matthew 20, Jesus tells a parable (a made-up story to help us understand Him better) about workers in a vineyard. The gist of the story is that each one got the same pay, regardless of how long they worked. Those who worked longest have no gripe that they got the same pay, because they knew the wages when they signed on.

As followers of Jesus, we should be happy and rejoice with new believers. We should not look down on them and complain about them. We should take the time to encourage them and help them along in their walk with Christ. As my old high school teacher, Mr. Perigo used to say, “In 10,000 years we’ll all be singing!”

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