I realize almost every athlete wants to catch the winning touchdown, make the game-saving tackle, or be considered the star of the team. However, if we pay close attention, the teams that win championships are those that strive for excellence in the little things and have a deep bench. The second and third-string players recognize their need to be ready at any given play, and even the stars of the team value and recognize the contributions of the entire team.
Consider the star running back who may be interviewed after the game in which he scored the winning touchdown or broke an all-time record. Nearly every time, if he is smart, accolades will be poured on the line and the team because he understands that the goal would not be reached without contribution from every player doing their job.
This concept is seen in Exodus 19:1-6 and in 1 Peter 2:9-10 when we read of God’s desire for us to be a kingdom of priests. While many tasks are performed by a priest, the simple purpose of this office is to serve others and connect people with God. Think about that role and insert the family of faith. As God’s chosen people, we are commissioned to point others to Him as we connect the world to God. What a beautiful and also heavy responsibility.
Rather than being tempted with jealousy for those that “get their name in lights” let us together keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and walk in unison as we advance His name. As we love and care for those where we live, work, and play, we can connect others to God’s plan and purpose for their life. In doing so, we help them see His power in the past, security for the future, and purpose for the present.
The body of Christ is a team, and all its members have varying gifts and roles. 1 Corinthians 12-14 helps us see this at work. Do your part today! Don’t just sit passively on the bench. Get in the game and connect others to the loving mission of God as you carry hope to the world.