Christianity is a Team Sport

Grace For The Journey

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29Mar We are in the middle of “March Madness.” That time of the year when everybody follows a favorite college team through the NCAA Post-Season Tournament. One thing this should teach us is that regardless of how talented one or more players are on a given team, it is the total team effort that will take you on the road to the Final Four. This is also true regarding our position in Christ. Every Christian is saved individually by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But in addition to that, every individual Christian has been saved from isolation to community.

Read what the Bible says in the following passages:

Romans 12:4-5, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

Ephesians 5:39, “We are members of His body.”

Romans 14:7, “None of us lives to himself alone.”

What a wonderful picture we have painted for us as His church – all members of the body of Christ! And not only are we members of His body, we actually belong to each other. We truly are our “brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4:9).

The “one body” speaks of our unity. The “many members” speaks of our diversity. And the “belonging to all the others” speaks of our interdependency. We each need each other! There is no such thing as a self-sufficient saint.

Notice this truth too: there is no “I” in the word TEAM, because the good of the all always outweighs the good of the one.

What a great privilege we have been given by God! To be on His team, pouring ourselves out for His glory and the good of others . . . expanding the cause of His kingdom rather than advancing our own agenda. This is the Christian life. This is living a life of meaning, significance, and purpose. And it can only be lived out in community. Christianity is indeed a team sport.

How well have you been playing it lately?

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

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