Playing As A Team

“…so also in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others (Romans 12:5).

Super Bowl XXXVI was played in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002. The New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17 on a last second field goal.

The game was memorable for a number of reasons in addition to the last second heroics of kicker Adam Vinatieri. The New England Patriots were establishing themselves as an NFL dynasty. The game was played just months after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and featured a lot of patriotic music.

And this game is remembered because of the player introductions.

Super Bowl tradition included the players being introduced by name before the start of the game. But the Patriots bucked tradition, refusing to have players introduced individually, instead choosing to run out on the field as a team and have a team introduction. They wanted to emphasize they were a team. Their strength was not as individuals, but as a team.

Now, enough about football, let me state the obvious. God can do great things when his people play as a team. Unselfish ministry of all, regardless of their giftedness, will result in the body of Christ working in a way that reveals God to who see.

God in heaven,
All praise to You.
You are one.
You are revealed as Father, Son, and Spirit.
Yet You are one.
Help me learn from You.
Help me be like You.
May my ministry be unselfish.
Make my desire to be one with others who serve.
Bring Your people together, O God.
And use us for Your glory.
In Jesus’ name,

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