The baseball life has a way of “puffing us up” – giving us a false sense of status in life. Our husbands might be all-star players, our income might allow us all sorts of luxuries, or simply the fact that professional baseball players are often treated as celebrities can have a way of elevating pride.
If we are not careful, as baseball wives we can easily fall into this trap, and our way of thinking can quickly change. We begin to think we deserve special treatment because of “who we are," and we begin to feel we are entitled to have whatever we want, when we want it, no matter what.
But God doesn’t work that way. In God’s eyes, our material possessions and social status do not make him think more highly of us. Where we stand with God has nothing to do with how much is in our bank account or what kind of car is parked in our garage. He doesn’t favor us more if our husband is batting .375, or if we happen to carry a Prada purse. He cares about the status of our hearts. In fact, he is much more impressed with a humble heart than anything we could ever possess or any good act we could ever do. We may give thousands of dollars to churches and charities, but if our hearts aren’t right with God, it really doesn’t matter.
The Bible tells us that God wants us to imitate Christ’s humility. Think about it for a minute: Jesus Christ had everything, he was the Son of God, his father owned (not to mention created!) the universe and everything in it. He had the power to do anything he desired, and the means to possess anything he wanted, yet he was the most humble being to ever step foot on this earth. He invested his life in the sick and poor, developed relationships with the outcasts of society, and spent his days serving others.
The ultimate act of humility was his willingness to sacrifice his life, dying a painful and humiliating death on a cross for you and me. He could have put himself on a pedestal…pointing out the unworthiness of everyone around him, and demanding to be treated like a celebrity, but he didn’t. And therefore, neither should we.
Are you more concerned with what you have, and what other people think of you, or are you concerned with how you measure up in God’s eyes? Ask God today to give you a humble heart, and look for ways that you can serve others, instead of expecting them to serve you!