Fostering Community on the Playing Field

imagesN2U6FW8RTwo people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)

Are you growing weary because you are experiencing opposition? Perhaps you are questioning your calling due to the opposition you are facing at every turn. You may be questioning why God is not sending others to walk alongside you on this journey. Perhaps you are so busy trying to press on to get past the opposition that it is blinding your ability to recognize those whom God has anointed and appointed before time began to work in unison with you on the same mission.

The key to staying the course on your God-given assignment is to adopt a new perspective on the importance of teammates as you face opposition. We have the option of allowing the opposition to be used for our good or to our detriment. Opposition is actually our friend because it keeps us humble before the Lord and helps us to remember that we are merely a player on the field amongst other teammates, with Jesus being the star quarterback.

All too often, we feel like we are a lone ranger on the playing field. When we feel the pressure from opposition, we tend to want to snatch the ball out of Jesus’ hands and run with it into the end zone. The struggle from opposition should be used as a means to pull the team closer together, closing in any gaps as we rally around Jesus who carries the “ball” yard by yard into the end zone. The struggle from the opposing team and the assistance of the teammates should essentially keep any one player from taking ownership over the win. The game is won as a team effort with each person playing to the best of his ability according to his God-given talents.

Prayer

Jesus, help me recognize the importance of community, especially in the face of opposition. Help me to remember that the purpose of my calling is not merely to get the “ball” into the end zone but to display to the world how the body of Christ is to operate in love and in unison under Your headship.

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