Who is Bill Wambsganns

Dave Jones

"But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be."  I Corinthians 12:18

Have you ever heard of Bill Wambsganns?  In the 1920 World Series, the Cleveland second baseman, Bill Wambsganns, caught a line drive (first out) then he tagged second base, retiring a Brooklyn runner who was caught off the base (second out), and immediately tagged a Brooklyn runner who had left first base attempting to reach second base (third out).  In the midst of a game that requires a lot of teamwork, Bill Wambsganns had pulled off the rare feat of an unassisted triple play, and in a World Series Championship game!  The extraordinary event illustrates the importance of individual effort, and at the same time, working together with teammates.

The Cleveland team and Bill’s accomplishment are also a fitting illustration of the 1 Corinthians verse and Ephesians 4 verses that describes mutual nurture and fellowship of the body through individual identity and effort.  Each of us is given individual gifts to contribute to a unique work within the body.  And although we answer to God alone, our individual witness provides evidence of our integrity and will encourage other believers.  Additionally, unselfish giving of our personal time, money and possessions gives nourishment for the growth of the body.  And finally, our individual faithfulness provides hope and unity within our members.

Bill did not intend to single-handedly win the game, he just made sure he gave his effort at that opportunity.  All of us have daily opportunities to contribute, whether it is our witness, teaching, sharing the gospel, encouragement, forgiveness and love.  God bless you as you are alert to your opportunities to help the body with your individual contribution.


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