The Least of These

Throughout my baseball career, God has continually increased my role in Christian social justice projects. Due to my participation in hunger and abolition initiatives, and after I saw the joy expressed by Ugandan children over clean, clear water, I read about the judgment of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25 with fresh eyes. And as I told you last time, this opened me anew to the simple truth of the Gospel. When you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you make that dedication to love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, then the Spirit of God becomes alive in you.

That’s when the aroma of Christ will flow out of you. Continue reading

Why Did You Feed Me?

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15

I would like to encourage you to think about your purpose in life. It took me a few years to figure out mine. Perhaps I can save you some time! After a lot of frustration and failure, and many conversations with God, I learned that my purpose for being on earth is to love my neighbor as myself. This is a mentality that will change your entire life. Continue reading

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

To be a peacemaker is to know when to bring peace.

Jesus was the ultimate peacemaker. That’s what He came for. Obviously He had zeal and passion. In the marketplace outside the Temple, He flipped tables and made whips out of rope. There wasn’t a lot of peace when He was doing that! That was chaos! But that was a different situation.

Jesus created peace in most situations. Where there was chaos, He created peace. Even when there was chaos in nature, He created peace. One night the disciples were out in the boat when a storm came up. The boat was flooded and they were about to drown. Continue reading

Peace Where There Is No Peace

To be a peacemaker is to know when to bring peace.

Jesus was the ultimate peacemaker. That’s what He came for. Obviously He had zeal and passion. In the marketplace outside the Temple, He flipped tables and made whips out of rope. There wasn’t a lot of peace when He was doing that! That was chaos! But that was a different situation.

In most of the situations that Jesus walked into, where there was chaos, He created peace. Even when there was chaos in nature, He created peace. One night the disciples were out in the boat when a storm came up. The boat was flooded and they were about to drown. And Jesus got up and calmed the winds. He calmed the storm and He calmed the waves. That’s what He did. His aroma was peace.

Believers need to make sure that we bring peace with us wherever we go. Continue reading

A Stench in the Air

I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that I’m justified by faith. But I go even one step further. I try to live as Jesus would live. I try to walk as Jesus would walk. I don’t do it to perfection like He did. I fail all the time. But I try. The disciples showed us how to live. When you don’t live the lifestyle of Jesus, when you don’t show your faith through your works, then that’s not Christianity.

I know that’s a very strong view, but I believe it, man. Our view of Christianity has been tainted. So many people are angry at Christians because of all the different things Christians have done, whether it’s rioting, or being haters of homosexuality.

Think of that Westboro Baptist Church, the wackos from Topeka. They go around protesting at military funerals, and they think that’s the life of Jesus? That’s not the life of Jesus. I don’t even want to be labeled in the same group as them. If they’re calling themselves Christians, then I’m not one. Continue reading

Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Son of Man

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I did not just lie in bed one night and say, “You know what? I’m going to be a loving and kind person.”

That’s unnatural. That’s just not how we are. We’re very defensive. We protect ourselves. We don’t like to look bad. We’re very self-absorbed. That’s what is natural. That’s how everybody is!

But believers need to make sure that we bring peace with us wherever we go. We need to be the ones to bring peace to situations where it is needed and cannot be found. That’s part of our walk. It’s the Beatitude. It’s what Jesus did.

I try to do it, but I don’t necessarily do it well all the time because I’m human. But it’s my goal, and I ask God to help me. So if you see it in me, you need to know that it comes strictly from wanting to have the authority of Jesus. The love and the kindness that I reflect come only from Heaven. Continue reading

The Aroma of Christ

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For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15)

When you have the “pleasing aroma of Christ” and people walk by you, they feel the love of Jesus. Just as if they smell it.

When you walk by with cologne, people smell you. Someone who is around you all the time will know you’re there just because they smell your cologne. The aroma of Christ has the same effect. You walk by and people are like, “Man! There is something different about that guy.”

This is part of our social justice work. When you have the aroma of Christ, people will walk by you and they’ll know. They’ll say, “Man, there is something different about you, You want to do things to help people who are suffering.”

A radio show in San Francisco called me up and said, “Athletes have a lot of money. A lot of them don’t do anything with it to help other people. You seem to want to do stuff for other people. Why do you do that?” That’s the aroma of Christ. People know.

When you think “Jeremy Affeldt,” you might think “major league athlete.” But I want you to think, “Someone that’s going to help somebody when they need help.”

I want my aroma to say, “This is someone that’s going to stand by something that means something.” I want you to think, “This is someone that cares about the victims of human trafficking.” And when it comes to human trafficking, I want you to think, “Free2Play, that’s what Jeremy does.”

When people hear “Jeremy Affeldt,” I want them to think, “That’s Jeremy. He plays baseball. But you know what? He does this thing with human trafficking. He does this thing with hunger.”

That’s what I want to be known for. Not as a major league athlete. I want to be known as someone who uses his talents to help somebody else.