Form Follows Function


“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” -- Colossians 3:17


The serve in volleyball is a crucial component of the game. The form of the serve, however, is not as important and varies from player to player.

Some athletes dribble the ball three times before holding it out in front of themselves for the toss. Some skip the dribble but place their fingertips precisely over a logo or text on the ball’s surface. And others step into a jump serve or leap from a standing position. The form is different, but the function is the same: the ball is hit over the net. One’s form doesn’t really matter if the serve is effective.

In our lives, we serve the Lord in various forms. Some believers work in a professional ministry or a pastoral role. Other believers are college athletes, students, coaches, retail clerks, stay-at-home moms, teachers, etc.

The form of our service to the Lord is not what matters. Form follows function. Our function as followers of Jesus is to glorify God and serve Him with all our hearts. As Colossians reminds us, whatever we do, do it in His name. And no matter the form of your service, may you strive to ace the function of bringing glory to God.

  • What does your service to the Lord look like in sport?
  • In what other areas of your life are you called to serve?

“Lord, thank You for the opportunities to serve You. Help me to be faithful in the little details of my life, whatever they may be, so that I may bring glory and honor to Your name. Amen.”