2012-02-04 - The Football Team
Tomorrow is the biggest football game of the yearthe Super Bowl. For two weeks, sports talk show hosts, analysts, and fans have been discussing which is the better of the two teams competing in the championship contest. Some experts say it depends on the better coach or the smarter game plan. Ultimately, the game comes down to the better football team outperforming the other team on the field.
How is a church like a football team? The head of our team is Jesus Christ. He is our leader. Our game plan is written down for us. The Bible gives us instructions on how we are to perform on the field. We can read in our playbook, the Bible, and see how others before us have handled similar situations.
Not everyone on the team is the quarterback or on-field leader. Some players are speedy ends who go long distances to catch the ball. Others are the running backs who carry the ball into tough situations. And many of the players are linemen who battle in the trenches. Not every player is a star. Most struggle namelessly to get the job done on the field.
In 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, we are told that the body of Christ is made up of many parts. Each of us has a different job to perform in the body of Christ. Like the football team in the Super Bowl, not all of us are stars. But we all work together to perform the game plan that God has presented to us. As Christ instructed us in the Great Commission, we are to "Go and make disciples of all nations " (Matthew 28:19, NIV) Together, we make a winning team for Christ.