V-I-C-T-O-R-Y That’s my Savior’s battle cry!
Okay, so I pulled out my old cheer moves for this one. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free –and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
I love Victory, “To the victor goes the prize, the reward” and who doesn’t like prizes!
Many of you know I have children that have all been involved in team sports. I think everyone needs to be a part of a team at one point or another in their life. It is being a part of a team where you learn how to operate many parts as one. Where you learn that you don’t have to do it all you just have to surround yourself with people that can come along side you and help you reach your goal. Each team member has a job and it is up to them to carry out that job, but what happens if one teammate is injured? They are replaced with another team member that carries that load for a little while, and you call in a trainer to help the injured teammate.
Years ago, my pastor taught 2 lessons, one was called “What’s My Job”, the other called “What’s Your Job?” I loved this; it helped me to define the boundaries I was to operate in. Or, in sports terms, what position I was to play.
Let’s look at a softball team when they take the field, 10 players go to their positions, one person at each position. What would happen if 3 or 4 of them went to the pitcher’s mound? When the batter stepped into the batter’s box, can you imagine the confusion that would come her way when 3 or 4 balls were pitched at her all at once? YIKES!!!! More importantly, what if she hits one of the balls to the shortstop position, but the shortstop was one of those on the mound trying to be a pitcher so there was no one there to make the play. There is a missed opportunity. What a shame.
How often we jump on a bandwagon, to make a point and all we succeed in doing is stirring up chaos and confusion. I encourage you to look around you and find teammates that compliment your strengths, learn how to work together, choose your position and take the field in love. So today as you step foot on your field of play, do so in an effort to win the prize that will last forever.
1 Corinthians 9:23-25
23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Do you have any injured team members that need to see the trainer? Help them to seek help.
Do you know your role on the team?
Is it a position you feel comfortable in?
Do you play your role out of duty or in Love?