“I Have No Idea What My Name Is Doing There. But I’m Thankful It’s There.”

“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

For only a few seconds Saturday, Philip Humber’s perfect game bid was out of his hands. “Go get it,” Humber said as catcher A.J. Pierzynski chased down an errant slider that pinch-hitter Brendan Ryan was ruled to have swung at. “Throw him out.” As soon as Pierzynski retreated and completed his throw to first base to complete the 27th consecutive out, the latest chapter in Humber’s amazing ascent was completed.

Just 15 months after Humber had to earn his way onto the Sox’s 2011 opening-day roster, Humber threw the 21st perfect game in major league history with an efficient 4-0 victory over the Mariners.

“I don’t know what Philip Humber is doing in this list,” Humber said of the list of pitchers who have thrown perfect games, including former teammate Mark Buehrle. “I have no idea what my name is doing there. But I’m thankful it’s there.”

A perfect game for a pitcher in baseball is a very rare occurrence. Only 21 so far have accomplished this incredible feat in all of major league history. I’m reminded of our Lord’s words in Matthew five, verse forty-eight, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” This too is not only a rare occurrence, but I’d have to say based on what the Bible tells us about human nature, it’s downright impossible to accomplish on our own. Paul tells us in Romans 3:10, “There is none righteous (perfect), not even one.”
You couldn’t be perfect even if you wanted to be perfect.It’s clearly beyond our ability to accomplish such a task.

That’s why I’m so thankful for God’s work on our behalf, “God demonstrates His own love toward us,” wrote Paul, “that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8); though “we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Rom. 5:10).

You see, perfect is impossible for us to accomplish ourselves, but it is possible for God to make us perfect through the work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. By the way, He’s the only human who ever walked on the face of this earth that did so with absolute perfection, total sinlessness. That’s why the Father can count His righteousness as our very own when we turn from our sins and turn to Jesus as our Lord and Savior trusting fully in His work for our salvation.

A perfect game, pretty cool. To be made perfect, wow, doesn’t even compare in my book. I’d have to agree with Mr. Humber on this one:
“I have no idea what my name is doing there.
But I’m thankful it’s there.”

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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