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One Another Devotion - Day 19

Acting As One Team

Tad Coit

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 12

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body— whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

I have had the privilege to coach many good basketball teams over the years. I have seen quite a few teams win championships but I have also seen many good teams just fall short. The difference is often subtle, but to win a championship, everything has to fall into place. The team needs to put forth great energy and effort, the star players have to score, the other players have to play their roles, and I as the coach have to make the right calls at the right times. If any one thing throws off the chemistry it can mean the difference between winning and losing.

This same kind of chemistry is also necessary within the church body. First we need to remember that we have been baptized by same Spirit and are on the same team. If we don’t treat each other with love and respect, we won’t be able to further the kingdom. We need each person to bring forth their best effort for God and step up into the roles that God calls them to. The pastor, by him or herself, has limited power. But they do have incredible power when the rest of the church uses their gifts to their full capacity. Just like a good basketball team needs chemistry to win a championship, our church body needs chemistry and teamwork to bring God victory here on earth.

1. Where is a place in your life that you are part of a team? If you don’t show up, what happens to the team dynamic?

2. How is the body of Christ like a team? What happens when we rely on just a star player or two on the church team to get the win? What victory or championship are we working toward as a church team?

3. How are you part of the church team? Do you see how important your role is on the team?

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