A few people from our church went to the White Sox home opener yesterday to had out out business-card-sized gospel tracts before the game. On the front side of the tract is a few trivia questions about the White Sox. On the back side is an explanation of God’s plan of salvation.
Last year, I had the opportunity to do this at two White Sox baseball games. I went to their home opener. I also went to one of their last few games of the year.
The difference in the crowds was startling. On opening day, there was a buzz all around the stadium as swarms of people came to see the game. It was easy to hand out several hundred tracts. On the last game of the year, the crowds were noticeably smaller. The excitement around the stadium was noticeably smaller, as the White Sox had been eliminated from the playoffs a week or two before the game.
The difference in the crowds was understandable. On opening day, everything is new. It’s a new year. There is renewed hope in a better season. It may even become a World Series season. But, by the end of the year, all hopes of success have faded away. There was nothing really to play for. Only the die-hard Sox fans made it out to the game.
When it comes to following Christ, many are initially excited about following Jesus. But, soon, the affliction and persecution that come from following Christ cause some to fall away. Others are pulled away from the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth. But, there are the die-hard Jesus followers. These are the ones who will ultimately be saved. Jesus said, “The one who endures to the end, he will be saved” (Matthew 24:13; see also Matthew 13:18-23).