There is a saying spoken often in our household,
"We are a TEAM and we all need to BE PART of the team."
Using a sports analogy to highlight the workings of a close and loving family works with our sports-obsessed kids.
We argue that just like on the basketball court or soccer field,
every member of this family...
- Is important and valuable to the family as a whole.
- Must learn to share responsibilities; for family is not a one man or woman show.
- Has strengths we NEED so as to function efficiently and effectively.
- Needs to pick up the slack when another member is struggling.
- Needs encouragment and a good Pep-Talk every so often.
- Deserves a chance to shine.
- Should protect and defend each member.
With these arguments come expections.
For example if mom is running around with her head cut off trying to get out the door, the rest of the team needs to do their part like grabbing socks for Allie, getting shoes on, turning off the lights, or carrying something to the car.
If one of the family members is having a bad day then the rest of us need to encourage and help them by lending emotional support and taking over responsibilities when needed.
If a member of our family has a strength or gifting, the rest of us need to let them shine without trying to draw attention back to ourselves; we need to spur each other on and appreciate how his/her strength makes the family unit that much stronger.
We talk this "TEAM" business on a daily basis.
If our family wants to be STRONG, we must work together in all facets of life.
Scripture also makes it clear that followers of Christ are a TEAM, a Family, One Body...
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
The message is clear:
Every believer has value and purpose in the body of Christ.
This is a message I want my children to understand.
Just like every member our family has value and purpose, so it is with ALL believers in Christ.
Understanding this message teaches that no believer is to consider him/herself better than another nor are they to devalue another's gifting. Furthermore, it teaches the importance of emotional and physical support toward one another in good times and in bad.
My hope is that learning to be a loving and effective member of OUR family will prepare my children for membership in the body of Christ.
Join me today and pray the following:
Lord, I pray that you would continue to teach my children the value of teamwork in our family unit. I pray they would see the connection between our family and the body of Christ. I pray they would understand Your perfect family design of the body founded in unity and respect. I pray they would learn to emotionally and physically support all believers when times are good and when times are bad.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27