To close refers to someone or something that is finished, like turning a page, closing the door or finalizing a deal to complete what you started. In baseball, a closer is suppose to end a game, seal the deal and hold the lead so that victory is preserved. Names such as Mariano Rivera, Dennis Eckersley and Lee Smith come to my mind as the greatest ever. However, you don’t have to play baseball to be the greatest closer of all time.
According to Psalm 37:39-40, the Lord must be considered into this conversation. Although distant at times, God fulfills His promise to deliver, rescue and save those who trust in Him. The Bible is filled with testimonials of the Lord’s attributes as a closer, Philippians 1:6. One unidentified witness claims faith is the main obstacle which is preventing many from coming to this conclusion, Hebrews 11:6. Just when you thought Jesus was going to let you down, He escaped the grips of death to save all of mankind from sin, 1 Corinthians 15:54-57.
In this current age of instant information, negative stories often steal the headlines, highlighting the demise of a once famous star. When the spotlight is turned off, passing the torch to the next best candidate, father time has a rather cruel way of pushing elite individuals to the curb. Despite this harsh reality, Jesus remains the same, Hebrews 13:8. Therefore, if you’re tired of letting victories slip through your fingers, turn to the greatest closer of all time, who has secured an eternal place for His followers, John 14:1-3.
Please feel free to share anything you need a “closer” for or a prayer request.
by Jay Mankus