Tony was a baseball player who had been a fantastic college hitter. He had a great average and hit many home runs. All through his life, his dad had helped Tony learn how to play this favorite American pastime. He not only taught Tony, but he also told him he was a great player and would go far if he wanted.
A major league professional team drafted him and put him in their Triple-A league, which is where most players learn how to play on that club’s “preparation” team. Tony immediately made an impact, leading the league in hits and home runs. Upper Management was so impressed by his abilities that they quickly sent him up to their major league team.
A strange thing happened, though. Tony suddenly couldn’t hit like he did before. His performance was mediocre, at best. The coach chalked it up to rookie jitters, believing he would do better his second year. But he didn’t. This went on for a few seasons, until one day he couldn’t take it any longer.
Tony called his dad and said, “I’m quitting. I just can’t stand not being able to hit the ball like I used to.” After a few moments of silence, his dad said, “Don’t you quit! Let them kick you off the team, but don’t you quit.” His dad then reminded Tony of his lifelong opinion of him as a great baseball player.
Tony hung up and started believing who his dad said he was and acted on it. He watched videos of his swing. He practiced at home. And in a few weeks he began to return to the high level of hitting that had been normal for him. His coach asked him what made the difference. Tony replied that it was all because his dad told him not to quit and believed in him.
Later Tony shared his story in a prison setting, telling the inmates how important his dad had been in his life. He encouraged the men to still be in their kids’ lives despite their incarceration. Afterward, one prisoner stayed behind to talk to him. Here’s what he said:
“That’s great that your dad told you who you were and how you lived up to what he said about you. My father did that, too, but in a different way. He told me my whole life that I was no good and I would never amount to anything. I lived up to who he said I would be. That’s why I’m here today, in prison.”
Friend, which voice have you been listening to about your identity? Have you been listening to Satan or your Father, God himself?
Satan wants to destroy you with lies about who you are. He stole your original identity. He doesn’t want you to know the truth so you will spend your entire life desperately trying to find out who you are.
Your heavenly Father, however, isn’t going to let Satan keep the secret of your wonderful true identity hidden from you. God wants to bring it out into the open. He wants you to enjoy all He created you to be. He has a fantastic opinion of you. But if you don’t know it, you’ll be listening to Satan as he whispers all kinds of destructive lies and opinions about you.
When you begin to understand how Jesus restored your stolen identity in the New Covenant, it may sound almost too good to be true. But it is true.
(Copyright Mark Maulding, God’s Best-Kept Secret, pages 56-57)
I invite you to attend my first ever, God’s Best-Kept Secret Conference, based on my book. At the Conference, I will speak more about the above and on these topics:
- What if God Is Not Religious?
- What if There Are No Checklists in Christianity?
- Are You Ready to Trade Try Harder Christianity for Trust Him Christianity?
- What if Christianity is Easier when Built on the Three Pillars of The New Covenant?
- What if Christians Don’t Have a Civil War Raging Inside?
- What Do We Have That’s Better Than The 10 Commandments?
- Did You Know Your Three Unknown Lies Can Control You?
Each individual and couple registered will receive 1 copy of my God’s Best-Kept Secret book that I will be teaching from. You don’t have to read the book prior to attending. (No discount is available if you already have the book but you can give it away.) Deadline to register to attend online, in order to receive the book prior to the Conference, is November 1.
Live free in Christ,
Mark Maulding, President and Founder