GET TOGETHER- EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY
Eph 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
I don’t use football illustrations in these because I know that can be divisive and some people may get turned off because I used one of their rivals as a positive example. With that said I won’t mention the names of the two teams that were playing in a game that I was watching this past weekend.
One of the teams was behind with around a minute and twenty-four seconds to go in the game. They were primarily a running team. They had the ball on their own end of the field. Their passing game had been anemic.
I am not going to go over play by play how the team came back and won. But there was one play that I felt like the Holy Spirit told me to mention. One of the players caught a pass and ran out of bounds with about four seconds to go to give his team an opportunity for one more play. The next play there was a penalty that set up the winning touchdown. I felt like the Holy Spirit had me to take note that if that player had tried to win the game on his own and would have stayed in bounds most likely he would have been tackled and the clock would have run out. That showed discipline and a team first attitude.
As members of the Body of Christ we all can do our share. We all get to play. With that said we also must realize that it takes discipline for us to do our share as members of the Body of Christ. We also must realize that it is about bringing glory to the Lord Jesus and fulfilling the purpose that He has called us to fulfill.
It appears that the team that came back to score and win the game had a strategy and a plan. God has a plan and a strategy for us as we serve Him. Like the player that resisted the temptation to forsake the plan and instead stayed with the plan we must do that as well. When we attempt to be “lone rangers” in the Kingdom we set ourselves up to fall into the temptation of self-glorification.
Sometimes we get to be used by God to make “the big catch.” At other times we may be called to serve in a less visible role as others make the “big play.”
Like the player that wisely chose to follow his coach’s instructions to get out of bounds and stop the clock. We want to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance and fulfill whatever role that God has given us to fulfill.
How are you fulfilling your role in the Body of Christ? On His team every person’s role is important. 1Co 12:20-23 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty.” Be sure that you are fulfilling your role. How you fulfill your role could have eternal ramifications for others.
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that You have chosen us to be a part of Your blood bought team. We realize that the prize that we are competing for is not a perishable one, but an imperishable one. Today Lamb of God help us to fulfill our role so that others may live forever.
In Jesus Name
May the Lord be with you all in a very special way as you go about eternal things!