Growing up as a child, my favorite sport to play and watch was football. I still remember the first time trying to watch the sport. A mass of people running around tackling each other. It somehow felt like a beautiful chaos. As I watched more, and I began to understand the game, I realized what a precise game it was. It wasn’t 22 people all doing random things, it was 22 people working in exact roles. Eleven people played defense, eleven others played offense. There might be eleven starters, there were substitutes that also played. That made the game even more “chaotic”. Each player had a position to fill, and if even one person didn’t do what they were supposed to do, their mission could fail. Every single person on the field is important, every player has to play their part. There is a coach, a captain, someone to throw the ball, someone to catch, someone to block, and someone to run with the ball. Yes, a complicated organized mess.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
1 Corinthians 12:25
There are no small or insignificant roles at church. Just like our bodies, every part is important. The Bibles tells us that we are now the Body of Christ, all with different roles and talents serve God in a different way. Every person in church has a part to play in God’s great work. God has not called us to be anyone else, but what He has created you to be. Church “works” when every person at church is doing their best for God’s kingdom. Sometimes people feel they don’t understand their role in church, that’s ok. There are leaders and pastors that can guide you to find your place. Church is not football, football is a game. Church is one of the most important things you can do. Let us march down the field of life together, a team, united under Christ. Victory has already been assured!
-Connected to the Vine