The sign of a mature hitter is easily seen in his pitch selection. No matter how talented a hitter may be, he will always hit the fastball down the middle better than he’ll hit the breaking ball in the dirt. He knows that the guy on the mound has made it his job to break up his rhythm and timing and will try to get him to chase. So early in the count, he’ll let pitchers nibble on the black and try to sneak in off speed pitches and he won’t be teased by it. He’s waiting for something better. He’s waiting for the pitcher to fall behind in the count and have to relent, or to just take his free pass. If he gets to two strikes, he just fouls off close pitches until he gets what he’s looking for. He doesn’t chase bad pitches that would put him behind in the count or give away easy outs on the first few pitches of an at bat. He’s patiently waiting to get a pitch that he can put a good swing on. He’s looking for a pitch in one spot and nowhere else.
Mature Christians look similar.
“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” - Colossians 3:1-4 (NASB)
The reality is that there’s an adversary with much more evil intentions than throwing off your rhythm and timing and there are consequences far worse than a poor at bat. This adversary isn’t coming at you with high fastballs or sliders away; he’s coming at you with the things that are on earth. He’s got money and possessions that are trying to steal your heart, lust that is trying to steal your purity, and he has drugs, tobacco and alcohol that are trying to steal control over actions.
“Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.” - Colossians 3:5-7 (NASB)
Don’t be teased. Wait… there’s something better. Set your mind on the things above.
“and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him” - Colossians 3:10 (NASB)
You were created in the image of the creator of the universe. Seek this. What you’ll find is an eternal joy that stumps temporary happiness, life abundant that far exceeds death and enslavement, and a hope of glory with which no temporary affliction can compare. You have a life that looks like Jesus. The one who gave up everything so you can have everything. At such a price, why would you settle for anything else?
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” - Philippians 4:8