“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts…Now you are the
body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
1Corinthians 12:12 and 27, NIV

My favorite team sport to play or watch is football. Maybe it is because I enjoyed playing it in high school. Perhaps it is because I truly enjoy watching it at so many levels; high school, college, or professional. I enjoy the complexities and the implications of the game. I enjoy watching a good block or tackle, and the more subtle nuances of the game. I enjoy it as much as any game, because it is a “team sport.” Sure, it has its share of super stars, but those stars are always depending upon others to make the right block, catch the pass or cover the other player.

Here we are in the beginning of the football season, one of my favorite times of the year. I often think of my job as a pastor being very similar to being a football coach. It is my job to rally the team. It is my job to help prepare my team for its “game” against the opponent. It is my job to help find the talents on our team and allow those talents to be used to their best for the betterment of the team (i.e., God’s Kingdom).

Let me ask you, what is your position on the team? Are you even a player? Perhaps you feel like a spectator. God needs more team members. Perhaps you are on the field; perhaps you are on the sidelines making sure the players can play; perhaps you are making sure others get to their seats so they can enjoy the game. I do not know what your job is, but I do know God wants you involved with His team. He wants you active with the game. When you are, you will share in the joy of the victory.

QUESTION: What is your function on the “team”? In what area do you feel you can contribute the most?