For the Team

Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you agreement with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with a united mind and voice.– Romans 15:5-6
One of the things I have always liked about Notre Dame football is the fact that the players don’t have their names on the back of their jerseys. There is a sense that when you play for this school, you are part of something far bigger than you. There are decades of history, legendary coaches, and miraculous wins.
No one player is more important than the team. It takes commitment, sacrifice, and a relentless pursuit of excellence from every single person in the locker room—from the water boys to the head coach, from the athletic trainers to the quarterback.
The same is true for those who are followers of Christ Jesus. No individual believer is more important than the rest of the “team.” We are part of a team that has been built on the shoulders of great men and women who sacrificed their very lives for the sake of the gospel—that Jesus indeed rose from the dead. The disciples were beheaded, stoned to death, and crucified for their faith. The body of Christ is most effective and influential when we are pulling in the same direction and more concerned with God’s glory rather than our own.
1. Are you more concerned about your personal stats or the success of the team?
2. In what ways can you unite with other believers to share your faith and influence those around you?

Extra Reading: Ephesians 4:1-3; Colossians 3:14

Lord, teach me to be a team player in the family of believers. I want to be more like You and display Your glory in all I do. Thank You. Amen.
Bible Reference: 
Colossians 3