Lance Berkman

Playing in the major leagues is very challenging. There is a lot of pressure riding on every at-bat. In addition to your own desire to do well, there is the constant evaluation of the coaches, team and media. Those evaluations determine my value to the team and provide security to my career.

Living the Christian life is also challenging but for different reasons. The same desire to do well exists – to live a consistent life that honors and pleases the Lord. The big difference is that God isn’t evaluating my actions and basing His love on how well I "perform". His love for me is unconditional. Even when I mess up He doesn’t threaten to trade me off His team.

At a young age, I learned that we are all born with sin and that Jesus paid the price for our sins (Romans 3:23-24). It wasn’t enough to have knowledge, I had to do something with what I knew and make a personal decision to place my trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior. Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 3:16).

The Apostle John wrote , "to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God" (John 1:12). Since I received Jesus as my Savior I know I am a child of God and will go to heaven and spend eternity with Him. I am able to live each day with peace in my heart, living a life that seeks to please God for His gift of eternal life – not because I’m trying to earn His approval, but because I love Him and desire to do His will.

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