Devotional

Eternal Focus

Ready “So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18
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Baseball has always been a way of life for Boston Red Sox slugger Adrian Gonzalez. The three-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star has excelled at the game since he first picked up a bat and ball as a young boy in San Diego. But when asked to put his life and nine-year MLB career into perspective, he explains how it has been and always will be about so much more than just the game, “You look at the big picture of life; there’s going to be more time when it’s going to be you and Jesus than in the field.”

The power-hitting lefty, who belted his 200th career home run over the weekend, is focused on sharing the saving message of the Stronghold of his life in the Red Sox clubhouse by organizing team Bible studies and sharing with his teammates whenever the opportunities arise. He understands he’s been given his baseball abilities to make an impact for the Lord, just as each of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior are called to do the same.

Gonzalez recently sat down with FCA to talk about his faith, the Christian influences in his life, and his ultimate goal – to live for and bring glory to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Click below to watch the video, then take a few minutes to answer the questions and read the related Scripture.

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiuJELtZykU&feature=youtu.be]

Go 1. Has your faith and foundation in Jesus ever been challenged by the desire to fit in with those around you? How did you respond to that challenge? 2. What does “Christian influence” mean to you? Do you see yourself as a Christian influence? 3. Does the desire to satisfy “earthly, horizontal people” cause pressure in your sports performance and in your life? 4. What does Gonzalez’s quote, “…there’s going to be more time when it’s going to be you and Jesus than in the field,” mean to you? How does that impact your commitment to your sport and the Lord?
Workout Psalm 27 2 Corinthians 4 Colossians 3