"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi, Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach
1 Corinthians 12:14-27 NLT - Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? 18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 27 All of you together are Christ’s body [God’s team!], and each of you is a part of it.
All who are baptized into the body of Christ are members that are connected to one another and which complement one another. Just as the human body has systems within it (e.g., digestive system, endocrine system, respiratory system, etc.), so the body of Christ has different groups within it that perform vital functions to serve the greater life-giving good. So God has placed us in Christ’s body (the Church) to perform our roles in promoting life-giving spiritual health and growth to the rest of the body. Can a member of the body stop functioning properly without affecting the rest of the body? Likewise, can an individual Christian stop functioning as a life-giving, healthy member without the rest of the Church being affected? Church health must be among our most important goals, and to achieve greater health, strength, success, and growth - everyone must make their group effort and focus more important than their individuality. Paradoxically, the more you individually and intentionally commit to working for the health of the group or team, the greater success and glory you will experience as an individual. How disconnected are you from your teammates in the body of Christ? Will you ask God to reveal His will in His word for you to serve the body of Christ in life-giving, health-promoting ways? Will you stay connected to a life-giving group within the larger body?
Ephesians 4:16 NLT - He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.