“Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another” (Ephesians 5:21 MSG)
A couple of weeks ago the college basketball national championship was held, and Kris Jenkins of Villanova University won the game for his team. Throughout the post-game interviews Kris kept emphasizing he was part of a team. He wasn’t acting like a star or celebrity; he was merely promoting the Villanova and his team. He was playing for the name in front of the jersey, Villanova, instead of the name on the back of the jersey, Jenkins. He liked the concept of teamwork, and he is an ideal candidate for supporting and undergirding his team.
It would behoove us to encourage and foster the similar concept of team unity into the multi facets of our life. God wants us to embodied teamwork and support one another. “…honor and look up to people like that: companions and workers who show us how to do it, giving us something to aspire to” (1 Corinthians 16:16 MSG). We honor and showcase God with our collaboration. We must despise and dismiss our need to be the greatest or the best above other fellow servants. “It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant. ‘Who would you rather be: the one who eats the dinner or the one who serves the dinner? You’d rather eat and be served, right? But I’ve taken my place among you as the one who serves’ ” (Luke 22:26-27 MSG). We must fight hard to get rid of our self-serving narcissism, and follow the principles of humility. We are all on one team; the same team, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians. 5:21 NAS).
Prayer: Lord, I am grateful that you have humbled me and made me a team-player. Thank you for showing me we need each other (see Proverbs 27:17). You have reminded me that while there are many people on a team, there is still only one team…your team…and you are the team captain. I now understand that each member of the team have a unique talent used to serve the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-13). Teach me Father how to pray for the team (see Philippians 2:3-4); and how to love on them. I want to outdo them in showing them honor (see Romans 12:10). Help me to respect each team member’s skills and talents so that your kingdom is advanced and your people are helped (see Ephesians 4:11-12). Finally Father, “…may the God of endurance and comfort give us unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6). Amen.
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Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner, a native Philadelphian, is a trailblazing visionary. He is the Senior Pastor of Elim Christian Fellowship of both Buffalo, and Rochester, New York. Bronner founded the churches on November 7, 1999 and November 17, 2002, respectively. Prior to that, he was the pastor of the prestigious Calvary Baptist Church also of Buffalo, New York.