Source Matters

Source Matters

by Mitch Casson, Pastor of Families and Outreach

How much would you be willing to pay for a baseball? Not some fancy ball, just a regular one from any sporting goods store. I can tell you I have a handful of them just laying around my garage. I wouldn’t think there would be too much value in those. You can actually get a whole 12-count bag of baseballs from Amazon for $24 dollars. Or a three-count mini box of balls for just $9.99. Nothing crazy.

So, what is the maximum you would pay for a baseball?

What if the ball had been used in a Major League Baseball game?

What if the ball had been hit for a home run or was the game winner in a World Series?

What if I told you the ball was Aaron Judges' 62nd home run surpassing Yankees legend Roger Maris’ 61 year old mark of 61 set in 1961?

Someone just paid $1.5 million through auction for that ball. Crazy right?

Why would anyone pay that kind of money? What would make that ball so worthy?

It was considered valuable because of the person with whom it was connected. The source matters!

What makes the Bible distinct from any other book? First it is directly from God. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

What makes the Church different from any other organization? If you didn’t already know. The church is also from God. “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).

Are we special or different from anything else? What makes us different from plants or animals? We are made in the image of God. Created to worship Him. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…so God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:26-27).

Because God exists and has created, there are many things that become valuable and important just because they are from Him. “And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Heb. 5:9) According to scripture, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)

The source matters! We have value in Him.