When You Knock It Out Of The Park

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The disciples had just finished their “Kick Out The Devil” tour and were high-fiving each other and sharing victory stories.

“Did you see that guy snarling right in my face? One word, baby, and that demon was gone. Cured ‘im. Now he’s on the worship team.”

They returned to Jesus and couldn’t wait to give him their report.

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, ?Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!? And he said to them, ?I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.? (LK 10.17-20)

It feels good to knock the ball out of the park, be it in the workplace or the kingdom of God. You take an incredible photograph or cook an amazing meal. You land a large account or haul in an 18″ Palamino Trout. You lead the Care Group of the decade or dispense a life-changing pearl of wisdom to that new believer.? Success is exhilarating.

But Jesus says there’s something even more amazing than success, or spiritual gifts or power -? that our names are written in heaven.

In electing love, God wrote our names in heaven before he created the universe, even then knowing all our sins and failures, then he sent his Son to redeem us and his Spirit to transform us.

Are you a believer?? Your name is written in heaven.? It will never be erased or forgotten, and God will bring you to where your name is inscribed.? Now that is something to rejoice in.

So if you knock the ball out of the park this week, as you’re rounding the bases, rejoice that your name is indelibly engraved in the book of life.

Photo by Camlin Photography


  • Caroline says:

    Thank you for directing my focus back on the things that matter the most.(amidst the crazy working days),that one day I will see Jesus face to face and be worshiping Him forever….

  • Elaine says:

    "…indelibly engraved in the book of life." Absolutely amazing! Nothing is more humbling and amazing than the Lord Almighty drawing, wooing, and welcoming sinners to Himself.

  • Ron reffett says:

    Hey Mark,
    Great post as always! what a thought that my name is written in the book of life! What a humbling and worship inspiring thought. Thanks for sharing this, much needed encouragement today.
    Ron Reffett

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    You're welcome Caroline. I need to be reminded regularly myself.

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Amen Elaine! "humbling and amazing!"

  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Thanks Ron,

    I need to remember to rejoice in this every day myself.

  • David Wilson says:


    Sounds like you're saying that when we knock one out of the park, we need to be thankful that he chose us to be on his team in the first place!

    Say, I wonder if you remember this "foul ball?" Over 20 years ago, at a conference at Willow Valley, a guy did a bad Crododile Dundee impression while playfully lampooning Sovereign Grace leaders. That "performer" was me.

    Demonstrating amazing patience, SG has allowed me to hang around the past two decades. Believe me, I'm jazzed to still be on the team!


  • MarkAltrogge says:

    Hey Dave,

    I wish I could remember your Crocodile Dundee impression. Hey, we need everybody on the team we can get!

  • David Wilson says:

    No problem. Not a memory that needs to be pursued, believe me.

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