Friday, September 25, 2015

Team Jesus

The members of a team, like the members of a body, are all individuals. They all look different, act different, smell different, and usually think very differently from each other. If personal opinions and agendas come first for any individual member the whole team suffers. 

The body of Christ works best when the individual members view themselves as part of the whole team. If we will all set aside our opinions and agendas and just commit ourselves to God's mission then amazing things can happen. Any time we place our opinions and agendas first the whole body suffers as our energy is spend criticizing and bickering about issues of far lesser importance than God's mission. It is all too human to speak negatively about others in an effort to elevate ourselves and the church world is very far from immune to this. We need to fully submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit and focus on our part on God's team rather than worrying so much about the assignments of other team members. The mission depends on it.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 King James Version (KJV)

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
And if they were all one member, where were the body?
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

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