While watching the second half of the nail biting Super Bowl XLVI game between the New England Patriot and the New York Giants, on February 5, 2012, my loving wife Sangeetha and I were explaining to our beloved first born son, Reuben (who recently turned six), the rules of the game. While I was explaining the technical details of the game, my wife, made an interesting observation and statement. She said “Look, Reuben, all the players in the team are working together to protect the Quarterback and/or the runner with the ball so that he can reach the goal.” In other words, she succinctly had summarized that though there were many players, they all played as one team, with just one mission, which was to take the ball to the zone where they are not allowed to and score a touchdown to win the game.
In our Christian life, it is not any different. There are many believers, each making the one body of Christ as one team, with just one mission, which is to be an ambassador for and of Jesus Christ. Unless all work together as one (in one accord), the likelihood of winning the game (race) is bleak. Unfortunately, the spirit of unforgiveness and pride often derails many believers in the game, allowing the devil to intercept the gospel of Christ from reaching the unreached zones.
Points to ponder:
Though we are many in persons, we are one as the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12) with One Mission and so let us lay aside our petty differences, forgive those who have hurt us (Ephesians 4:32), humble ourselves esteeming others to be better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3) and press on toward the goal that is in the high calling of Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:14).
1 Corinthians 12:12 (KJV)
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.