We used to have a Border Collie named Aggie. Aggie loved baseball. Couldn’t get enough. Every time you walked out the door she was ready with a ball. Hit it and she would go after it, no matter how far. The farther the better. If someone was hitting balls she wouldn’t eat, wouldn’t stop to be petted. She would field them, scoop them right up like an all-star shortstop.
Aggie always had a ball in her mouth. Always hoping someone would play with her. Yet, she couldn’t make herself spit it out. Would not give it up. She was just too selfish. She wanted to, but she just couldn’t. When you reached down to get the ball to hit it for her she would duck her head and turn away never allowing you to have hold.
The only way to play ball with Aggie was to get another ball. She would drop that ball and go after the other one. Then, you could pick up the nasty slobber ball and exchange one for the other. You had to have two balls because she just couldn’t give you a ball.
As I watched her, I thought how I must seem like that to the Lord.
“What do you have there, Bill?”
“Uh, this is my ball”.
“Want to play? Give me the ball.”
“Can’t do it.”
” Why not.”
“Cause its my ball.”
“But you can’t really enjoy it without me.”
“Then give me the ball.”
“Nuh uh. I would like to, but I’m not sure you won’t keep it for yourself.”
Jesus says, “It’s my ball anyway…. besides I have hundreds more. I don’t need your silly ball. C’mon, give it up.”
“Nope. Can’t do it.”
And the result, our ball is covered in our own drool. But its never very meaningful or much fun.
We all have balls like that. Something in our lives God wants. I heard a man once say, “God asks, ‘What’s in your hand?’ That’s the thing he wants from us.” For Moses it was a staff. “Throw down the rod Moses.” And it transformed into an instrument of power. For David it was a sling. Which was used mightily for the Lord. Peter had a fishing pole that brought others to faith. Paul had a pen that continues to inspire generations.
What’s in your hand? Give it to the lord. He’ll make it so much better. Listen to Luke 6:38 and think about your ball.
Luke 6:38 “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full––pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”