And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. Col 3:15 (AMP)
One foot on the base, one foot leading off, the runner is taught to keep their eyes on the ball as they determine their next destination. Ears attuned only to the voice of the coach they dismiss the rousing cheers of support from the stands harmonizing with the screeches and laughter of small children playing in the dirt; forced spectators of participating siblings.
As ball and bat meet solidly, the offering is sacrificed to the outfield. Bases loaded, the runner’s supreme goal is to travel as far as they can as fast as they can. Not slowing while rounding second the question becomes; how far away is home and can I make it in time? Receiving input from the third base coach by way of frantic hand motions, the runner digs deep, runs hard and gives all they have to give.
Somewhere between second and third base the umpire hunkers down and prepares himself to stand as the ultimate judge. All else fades away as the runner comes within sliding distance of home plate. Leg extended, body low, the player throws themselves with all their might into the home base slide.
As the dust settles a definitive hand motion accompanied by a gutteral “Out” or “Safe” commands a reaction from all involved.
The umpire’s entire job is to make judgment calls. When the players step out of line, the umpire is quick to set things straight. When others aren’t quite sure which way to lean, the umpire holds the ultimate decision making power. Despite jeers, opinions and grumbles, the umpire’s job is to maintain the atmosphere of a safe and fair ballgame for the kids playing. The umpire is important.
His purpose established, he is ever present. The players play, the coaches coach, the crowd cheers and the umpire “umps.” Never have I seen a ballplayer hesitate to make the right play, paralyzed in fear, because of concern that the umpire would not make the call needed when it came down to it.
This happens more than one might think however within the Body of Christ. The Lord desires a heart that is humble and obedient. He also desires a heart that is faith-filled. We must have faith that the Holy Spirit will always be there to lead and guide us, and that He loves us enough to bring a lack of peace when and if we step off track concerning moving forward in faith towards what the Lord has called us to.
The Holy Spirit is given as our own personal umpire in this game of life. John 16:13 encourages us with the reminder that the Holy Spirit will be faithful to lead us into all truth. We must remember that this not only means in our first steps toward an endeavor but all along the way. Leading us into “all truth” means that at any point we may stray from truth, the Holy Spirit is just as able and faithful to make us aware that we have gone “out of bounds” as He was to lead us in the first place.
This is what we must remember as we run the race set before us. Like those players on the ball field it is important that we run, setting our sights on home, offering every bit of heart that we have on the journey to get there.
Father, thank you for your Holy Spirit which leads us by peace.