My first experience playing a team sport was in the second grade. I joined a Little League baseball team. We were so bad, we only won one game all season. And we won that game because the other team was short a player and had to forfeit! Maybe that’s why I focused on football after that!
Many sports rely on the teamwork of the players. In football, everyone must work together to run the same play. The more unified the team, in general, the better their play. If teammates bicker with each other off the field, it usually impacts their play on the field. That’s why a lot of professional teams consider how a player will fit into the locker room before drafting or trading. They know unity is important.
Following Jesus is also a team affair. Our relationships with others must display unity. Acts 2:42-44 says this about the first church, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.” (NIV)
Doesn’t that sound like a unified team? All believers were together. All believers had everything in common. Relationships with other Christians matter. Remember, the words of Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (NIV)
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