The reason I love team sports is because it goes so much further than who has the best players. In our current era of sports, teams are built more on how each player fits into a system. Each player has a purpose, some more important than others, but it takes everyone fulfilling their role to be successful. While LeBron James is one of the most freak athletes God has ever created and is capable of playing all 5 positions on a basketball court, he is not the best player at each of those positions. And to take things a step further, the most skilled player at a position might not be the best fit for every team.
It’s so cool to watch the evolution of sports because as time goes on: athletes are getting better and better, talent margins are closing, and team chemistry is vital to be a winning team. The reason I love it is because our God created us uniquely to fit into a team (the church) to fulfill a specific role that he gave us the talent to do.
“For as in one body we have many members,[e] and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them...”
- Romans 12:5-6
I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit over the last several months. Am I located in the best part of the body where my gifts are being used to their potential?
It’s a healthy question to ask yourself constantly because you have an important role to fulfill in God’s plan to advance His kingdom. In 1 Peter 10:4, God explains that your gifts are not about how they can benefit yourself, they are to be used to serve one another. Just like a successful team, a healthy body is one where all parts work in unison with one another. Not only do you accomplish some amazing feats together but there is also something special that comes with achieving something in a group that you don’t get when it’s just yourself. And I believe it’s because that’s the way God intended it to be.
SO HOW ABOUT YOU
What gifts has God given you?
Where do your gifts fit in the team or “body” of the church?
It is important that you are in the right role because it effects not only you but also the people around you. If you don’t feel like you are in the right role, it’s important that you take some time to evaluate yourself and the amazing gifts that God has placed in you. Then, try to find that niche on the team of your church where you can make it even better!
Lord, thank you so much for creating us. It still blows my mind that you know every hair on our heads and that you know us even better than we know ourselves! It’s an honor to be your children and we want to glorify you through the gifts that you uniquely gave us. I ask that you give us more understanding and clarity on those gifts and how we fit into your body, the church. It’s our joy to serve you with the best of our abilities! We love you and pray these things in your name, Jesus. Amen.