30 Day Trial | Day 17
Welcome to Day 17 - What's Your Position
Today I was privileged to speak at Living Hope Church on the idea of Church as a Team Sport. What an awesome team of people that I get to serve with. Even on an extremely random weekend like this we saw God move and were able to hear his voice. I shared the story from a speaker who would always relate things to his time as a football coach. He would tell his players, "Football is your LIFE. It is your LEGACY. It is what you STAND FOR." He would also tell them, "Years from now you when you are bouncing those grand babies on your knee you will tell what you did at ALABAMA!"
I didn't get it at first, since my football career last for all of 2 hours, but now after working with and building teams I get it. Anyone that is a part of a team knows the sacrifice that is needed to meet the goal. You are giving up a part of your LIFE for the team. You hope the create a LEGACY by accomplishing the goal. Hopefully you STAND FOR what you team believes in. So how do we operate optimally within our teams? Taking a look at what Paul wrote in Romans 12:1-21 (MSG Bible) we see three ways to be effective contributors to our teams.
Devote yourself fully to God (v 1-2)
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Serve Others (v 3-8)
I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't.
If you preach, just preach God's Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don't take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don't get bossy; if you're put in charge, don't manipulate; if you're called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don't let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.
Love Others (v 9-21)
Are you willing to do those three things? If you buy into it you will see your effectiveness soar. Let God use you today.
Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down. Get along with each other; don't be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody.
Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it."
Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
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