Value Your Team
Makin the boy’s sixth grade sports team is a favorite elementary school memory of mine. I wasn’t a starter, but I was a team member. In our most important game, I took a teammate’s place and scored. I still remember that and my good feeling about being on the team. God had initiated a “dream team” opportunity for each of us. The Bible says “… you were called by Him into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). When you respond to God in faith and join with other believers, you can more effectively share the good news of God’s love and grace with others. The Bible helps each of us find our place on God’s team. “Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God… so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything” (1 Peter 4:10-11). When Paul counseled the Christians about their giving, he offered a plan. “On the first day of the week, each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he prospers…” (1 Corinthians 16:2). He commend the Philippian church for its persistent giving to support him even when it was difficult. “…no church share with me in the matters of giving and receiving except you alone. … you sent gifts for my need several times” Philippians 4:15-16). When each church support team member gives consistently and faithfully, great support for ministry will result. Your church will be blessed having you when you gladly use your spiritual gifts, are dependable and encouraging to others and give consistently and generously.
Remember—in Christ you are a valued team member on the most important team.