We all know that, in team sports, there are players who are or can be poison in the locker room. They create friction and tension, and can singlehandedly undermine team chemistry and, as a result, team effectiveness. Then there are guys like Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Magic, both at Michigan State and then with the Lakers, had the unique ability to raise the games of the people he played with. He played in such a way that it drew the very best out his teammates—partly due to his inspirational style of play and partly because he had a unique ability to put his teammates in the best possible position to succeed. A more recent generation has seen those same qualities in Steve Nash. He made those around him better.
We have a similar opportunity in the Body of Christ. As a community of faith, our interactions affect the health of the Body for good or for ill—and the Bible wants to challenge us to make that impact for good. The writer to the Hebrews said:
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
“Consider one another.” “Stir up.” These are active ideas that call us to get involved in the spiritual development of those around us. This requires something of us, however. It requires us to care about those around us, and it calls us to be catalysts for good instead of the kind of detrimental influence that can bring wreck and ruin to the church. The question is, will we do it? We can, but only if we will.
Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we take a further look at how we can be the best possible influence on others.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain