Saturday, November 28, 2015

Team Jesus

Ecclesiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

The Holy Bible states that Christianity is a community of Believers making up the “body of Christ” with Jesus as the head. Pastor Kyle equates this united world-wide kinship of brothers and sisters in Christ to a “Relay Race”. That Christianity is a team sport and those on “Team Jesus” are faithfully running one leg of this race for God’s purposes to reach the world with the gospel of Salvation. This life is an event that is about participating, not just sitting on the sidelines watching. The Coach has put us all in the race as a member of His relay team. We practice together to learn and perfect, not only running our leg to the best of our ability, but also to develop a flawless textbook receiving of the baton (the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ) from the preceding teammate runner behind us, and a seamless transfer to the next teammate runner in front of us.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

Though multiple complicated component, each member of Team Jesus has the same goal in the running of this race and depends on each other to compete and be competitive, to reach the goal. This works best when we work together and we let go of the things that we cannot control. Transformation doesn't happen by chance. Though God plus one is a majority, trying to run the race alone was never God’s intention. It’s design as a team effort. But, the very worse scenario is that we never run the race at all. Talents (both God-given skills and resources) were never meant to be buried – Matthew 25:14-30. Run this "Relay Race" of life together as a team, run your leg of the race in top condition and to the best of your ability, take the baton and hand off well and root the next runner on the team on. Our may be a small part of the united body of Team Jesus, but God sees every moment and approves. And in the end, we heard: “Well done good and faithful servant.”  

Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

In Christ, Brian

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