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HOME RUN? NOT SO FAST.

By Barry Cameron
June 11, 2021

Imagine thinking you’d hit it out of the park, only to discover you were actually OUT!

That’s what happened to Ke’Bryan Hayes, third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates this past Tuesday night. USA TODAY recounted what happened: “In the bottom of the first inning, third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes launched a high fly ball down the right field line that hit the foul pole. Like everyone else in the ballpark, Hayes wasn’t sure if the ball would stay fair. But as he watched it in flight and started to make his turn toward second base, he veered slightly off course and missed the first base bag.”1

“The Dodgers quickly asked for a replay challenge and after further review, Hayes was rightfully called out.”2

He had missed first base. Watch it for yourself.

ESPN reported he had only missed it by two or three inches. But it didn’t matter how close he came. He missed it.

Ke’Bryan is a promising rookie for the Pirates, son of former big leaguer, Charlie Hayes, and considered one of the brightest young players in the game. But, whenever his major league career comes to a close, he will have one less home run and one less RBI than he should’ve because he missed first base.

Imagine thinking you’d hit it out of the park, only to discover you were actually OUT! 

Here’s the shocking reality: There are millions of people making the same mistake Ke’Bryan did. Not in a baseball game, but in the game of life. They are living each day thinking they are knocking it out of the park. Things look so good and couldn’t be going any better. They have people cheering them on and most people would tell you they are definitely living a home run life. 

But they’ve missed first base.

 “A lot of people are running through life admiring their accomplishments and achievements all the while believing they are knocking it out of the park and on their way home to Heaven. Only to find out later, they’re not.”

What do I mean? They are living their life without God and while it may seem as though they are knocking it out of the park, truth is, they’ve missed first base.

Here’s what the Bible says:

“But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

“This is the great and FIRST commandment. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37-38 paraphrased).

“For I delivered to you as of FIRST importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).

JESUS said, “I am the FIRST and the last” (Revelation 1:17).

JESUS said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

A lot of people are running through life admiring their accomplishments and achievements, even enjoying the affirmations of others, all the while believing they are knocking it out of the park and on their way home to Heaven. Only to find out later, they’re not.

If anyone misses JESUS ... FIRST, they’re out – eternally.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

Many will say, “But, Lord, we did a lot of good things in this life and we thought we were knocking it out of the park for you.”

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23).

Here’s the FIRST verse most Christians learned and the FIRST verse everyone needs to hear:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

If you don’t know JESUS today, the FIRST thing you need to do is ask Him into your heart and life and surrender to Him as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10; John 1:12-13).

If you do that, it’s better than hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth in the World Series.  

You’ll be headed for HEAVEN!

© 2021. Barry L. Cameron

1 Gardner, Steve. “Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes Loses Home Run for Failing to Touch First Base.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 9 June 2021, www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/pirates/2021/06/08/pirates-kebryan-hayes-misses-first-base-loses-home-run/7612702002/.

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BARRY CAMERON

Senior Pastor

Barry Cameron is a devoted father and husband, bestselling author, dynamic communicator, and Senior Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church. Crossroads has a gorgeous, 150-acre campus in Grand Prairie, Texas. More than 8000 people call Crossroads their church home. Barry’s latest book, The Road to Financial Freedom, came out in the fall of 2020 and is available on Amazon. It’s another game changer for individuals and families who want to fix their finances once and for all.

Barry and his wife, Janis, have three children: Katie, Matt and Kelli. A daughter-in-law, Lindley and a son-in law, Johnny. They also have two grandsons, Will and Levi. Their family has been completely debt free since November 15, 2001.

Crossroads Christian Church has been debt free since November 9, 2008.

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