September 22 Devotional
by Rev. Jamie Milton
Last Friday night, I was surprised to notice that when the wind was just right, I could hear the sounds of drums, horns, and cheers from my backyard. This can only mean one thing: FOOTBALL season is here! While I may not have been the best athlete growing up, I am an avid sports fan and really enjoy watching teams compete. One thing that I love about sports is teamwork. Watching a well-executed play on the football field is a thing of beauty. Everyone is where they are supposed to be, doing what they’ve done in practice a hundred times, and successful or not, they are fun to watch. I feel the same way watching a choreographed corner kick on the soccer field, or seeing a double play on the baseball diamond.
A good team is made up of unselfish players. Everyone has a role to play, and they do it for the good of the team. Not everyone can be the quarterback, a pitcher, or a goalie. The offense wouldn’t get very far without the linemen and would have no time on the field without the defense doing their job. Even players who don’t get game time, serve valuable roles on the practice squad and scout teams, helping everyone get ready for the games ahead. On a good team EVERYONE is important.
I don’t think it is that difficult to draw a connection between a good team and a good church. Every person is important and plays a role. The pastor cannot do everything (even if they like to think they can). The Session could not perform all the tasks of the church without the help of many other volunteers. It takes the gifts and time of everyone to make a church successful. The church is called to work together, following Jesus as a community.
'God has given his grace to each one of us measured out by the gift that is given by Christ. He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ.' (Ephesians 4:7, 11-12)
Our worship services and fellowship events are like the team huddle that equips, motivates, and prepares us to go out and do the work that we are charged to do. God calls us together as a team, as a church, and our goal is to make disciples, to grow our team, as we spread the good news of God’s love with those around us.