Part of the Team

Baseball is a team game, requiring the successful coordination of players with distinctive roles. Each of the 9 defensive positions on the field demands a particular skillset, which usually means that if you are good at one position, you will struggle at several others. On May 13, 2008, however, a collegiate baseball player named Buster Posey (now with the San Francisco Giants) did the seemingly impossible. Through the course of the game, he played all nine defensive positions in an extraordinary exhibition of individual talent. However, in spite of that achievement, Posey was not a one-man team. He still needed players in the other eight positions for his Florida State team to win the game.

Similarly, the church is not intended to be a one-person show, with the pastor performing all the tasks necessary for a healthy body of believers. Instead, each person in the church has been granted spiritual gifts so that we can all cooperate with Christ in the building of His family. Paul told the Corinthians, “If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body” (1 Cor. 12:19-20). No matter how gifted our spiritual leaders may be, they represent just part of the whole. All of us must become active members of the team if the church is going to be successful in representing Christ to the world.

Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain