Last updated on January 5th, 2017 at 05:01 pm
As we approach a new era in our political scene, we must remember the words of the Preamble: “…one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” We are all in this together. We are more than the United States of America. We are the ‘Body of Christ.’ God’s love and grace connects each of us, no matter how different or separate we may think we are or act.
We are a team, even though we do not wear the same colors or symbols. Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth, reminds us that whatever role we play on the team God has placed us on we are useful and needed for it to function: “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but man,” I Corinthians 12:12-14.
Sometimes we get frustrated because we would rather have a different position on the team or no position at all. We have to remember that the work God has called us to (and those with whom he has called us to work) is not about us. It is about God and God’s plan for salvation. How many times have we become so consumed with what part we are playing rather than focusing on the ability to play a part? Someone once said: “Big doors swing on small hinges.”
The smaller parts and roles played on this journey called life will determine the enormity of success or failure. If we all were the same, had the same gifts, beliefs, looks, and attitudes, the body would not function.
If our bodies were made up completely of eyes or hands, the body could not function. All of us are needed to make up the body of Christ, and all are useful for the Kingdom of God. We should not let our assignment stop us from living our lives. Everyone is not the hero. Everyone cannot wear the cape, sling the web, or jump like a cat. Some are meant to support the hero. There are others who are meant to be rescued.
My daughter Elizabeth developed a passion to run track in the 10th grade, but due to some technicalities with athletic rules she could not run on the varsity team. Instead of quitting, she decided to run as a member of the junior varsity team and participate in practice meets. She went to track practice, worked out with the team, and cheered on her teammates at the official meets.
Although her scores did not count, she still ran and practiced as if they did. She learned that being part of the team was more important than having her score count. Whether a person is riding the bench, running for JV, or scoring the winning touchdowns, everyone is needed for the team to function. As long as we are on the team, that is what matters.
God is in recruiting season, and he wants each of us on the team. God is looking for some hands, feet, eyes, legs, and arms that are willing to do his will. Let us accept his invitation regardless of what position we play.
We will be able to testify that serving the Lord will pay off after a while.