As I watched the end of the Super Bowl last night I couldn’t help but be thrilled as I saw Peyton Manning cheering on his little brother Eli. Here stands Peyton, who obviously would have loved to have been in that game, with his loyalty to his family showing!
I saw Giants fans in their jerseys and cheering on their team as though they were all home grown in New York. (And the same is true for the Patriots fans cheering as though all their boys are New Englanders.)
Sports give a picture of what it means to be a part of something bigger than the individual – a team! And even those that are not in the immediate action are linked to it through their allegiances.
Can you imagine a Super Church where we realized that those born again through faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ are on the same team! We should be cheering one another on; encouraging one another; exhorting one another; caring for one another!
Unfortunately our ideas of Super Church involve who has the best music program or flashiest lights – or who runs the best youth program – or the list could go on and on. Yet God has called us to be a community – a family – a team!
Encourage someone today! Cheer for your teammates to help them through the “game.” Run along beside them if you have to.
1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.
6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.