Max Lucado is the author of, In the grip of grace (Thomas Nelson, 1996). There are two stories in this book that really stand out for me. Firstly the account of the baseball strike in 1995 where the owners, determined to start the season, threw open the opportunity to almost anyone who knew how to play. He writes about how happy these guys were to be playing and how afterwards they went around thanking everyone. Then he draws a spiritual parallel.

“They were just happy to be on the team. Shouldn’t we be, as well? Aren’t we a lot like these players? If the first four chapters of Romans tell us anything, they tell us we are living a life we don’t deserve. We aren’t good enough to get picked, but look at us, suited up and ready to play! We aren’t skilful enough to make the community softball league, but our names are on the greatest roster of history! Do we deserve to be here? No. But would we trade the privilege? Not for the world. God’s grace has placed us on a dream team beyond imagination.”

The second story that impacted me was in the chapter called, Life Aboard the Fellow-ship. He compares the various Christian groups to life on a ship. Not a cruise ship, a battleship. Aboard the ship “each of us has a different task. Some, concerned with those who are drowning, are snatching people from the water. Others are occupied with the enemy, so they man the cannons of prayer and worship. Still others devote themselves to the crew, feeding and training the crew members.” And so he goes on making spiritual parallels between life aboard a ship and the different emphasis we place on the different aspects of our faith. His point is that we need to accept one another despite our differences and keep the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3).

Max Lucado is easy to read and conveys his points well. A good read.