Recruiters are all the same. They have to be. It’s their job. Whether it’s recruiting for a regional travel team or a college, the recruiter has one job: sell you on his program.

“It’s going to be great. You’ll love everything about it here. We have to have you in our program. You’re the missing piece.” Something like that.

Talk about the good. Hope they don’t see the bad. If I were a recruiter, that’s what I would do.

Far too often, sadly, at all levels of amateur baseball, the players and families being recruited are simply flattered, with many winding up in a situation about which they knew very little.

I’m reminded of Proverbs 7:18 and the infamous seducing woman: “Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with caresses.”

She’s the ultimate and unashamed recruiter. She sees a young man whose potential she likes, who can do something for her. So the recruiting process begins. “It’s going to be great. You’ll love everything about it here. I have to have you. You’re what I’ve been missing all these years. No one will ever know.” Something like that.

Some things to consider if you’re being recruited toward sin.

Take an honest look at the situation. From God’s perspective. From his word.

Count the cost. Not just the immediate benefit and enjoyment.

Refuse to overlook the negative. Sin destroys.

Ask the hard questions. Of those recruiting you, of yourself, of those who have been there.

Lord Jesus, sin is enticing, fun, and ultimately deceiving. Make me wise to see it for what it is. Thank you for your power to set me free from it. Amen.