Part of Something Bigger

May 12, 2023Jim Clark
It's easy to assume that I'm doing my walk with Christ alone... Just me and Jesus.
That couldn't be further from the truth. I have been around sports most of my life. I grew up playing football, basketball and baseball 35 years ago (when you could play 3 sports in a year because they didn't overlap). Successful teams don't play alone. They recognize the importance of teammates: a group of people around them who are working toward the same goals.
It's baseball season. Imagine a pitcher winding up and throwing a pitch to himself, who is now the catcher. Then that same player running from home plate into the field and attempting to catch the ball which he would in turn throw to himself and attempt to get the runner out. It doesn't work and it'd be mayhem. Sports are team based.
Church is also team-based. God didn't design you to do it alone. In chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians, Paul compares the church to a body. The body is made up of many parts and though all its parts are many, they form one body (verse 12). In order for our bodies to work the way that God intended them, all the parts have to work together. When one part doesn't, bad things happen. Each and every one of you is a part of that body (verse 27).
That's the church. The Church is made up of many parts and all the parts have a function. In order for the church to function the way that God intended it, you and I have play our part.
-Jim Clark, a member of the Team