“For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body — so also is Christ.” -- 1 Corinthians 12:12


Former University of Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley will forever be remembered by the cardinal and gold faithful for rewriting the USC and Pac-12 record books during his four years at Southern Cal. But in a spirit of humility, Barkley realized those accomplishments would have never been possible without his Trojan teammates.

“Football is such a unique sport because of the team aspect of the game,” Barkley said. “Every play there has to be 11 guys doing the exact right thing or else it won’t work. But, when all those things do come together, all the hard work you put together as teammates collides in a perfect play; it’s  [exhilarating].”

Each of us plays a certain position or role on our team because of the abilities we possess. The same applies to our responsibilities as a Christ-follower. We each play an important role in doing God’s Kingdom work with our spiritual gifts. And when we team up with other believers, He can do even mightier works through us.

How can you use your spiritual gifts on your team? As an encourager or maybe a servant-leader? When your gifts are combined with the gifts of those around you, the Spirit of the Lord will be alive and active and your impact unstoppable.

  • What role do you fill on your team?
  • Are you and your teammates using your God-given gifts together for His glory?

“God, thank You for giving me unique gifts to fill a specific role on my team in Your Kingdom. I pray for wisdom to know how to best do my part to reflect You in my life. Amen.”