“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
If you read Collin’s most recent post, you understand the backdrop for this post. If not, let me fill you in…
Have you ever been unfortunate enough to fall so hard you get the wind knocked out of you? If so,
you know how that loss a couple nights ago felt. Now don’t get me wrong- soccer is just a game and in the light of eternity has no bearing. However, if you’ve ever been on a sports team or you have worked really hard to accomplish a goal and then fallen just short of the mark, you can see where I’m coming from. Does it really matter? No. Does this make it better when there’s disappointment? Nope! It’s just part of it. However, it makes it a little easier to stomach when you look at soccer from a different perspective. This leads me to my next section…
One reason I love so soccer so much is that it has so many principles that relate to our life and also to our walk as Christians. One of the must fundamental principles of soccer is that it is a team sport. One individual cannot carry a team. Success requires teamwork and sound instruction from the coach.
You know what’s funny? That closely correlates with our Christian walk.
“But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; 23 and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable.”
-1 Corinthians 12:18-23
All of us who have been saved through Christ are in the body of Christ, His Church. We are all individuals, but together we make up the Church! Just like in soccer, there are some that are stronger or weaker. However, despite this, we still need to come together to build each other up and to do things for the kingdom of God.
It’s teamwork. It’s a team identity. I know this is going to sound corny, but if you have accepted Christ, you are on His team! He gives us direction and people to work with, and He’s with us when we fall short to pick us up.
Last point- in soccer, there are so many things going on at once. The field is big and there are so many people on the field playing that you realize pretty quickly that all you can do is worry about you. That’s it. You can try and cover for other people when they make mistakes, but ultimately, you’re responsible for you. When you are assigned your position on the field, that becomes your “zone.” That is the position that you are responsible for. So many mistakes are often made on defense because players are simply out of position and as a result, the team that is attacking the goal has a chance to exploit that. You can’t worry about the other positions. You take care of your position and go from there. Each position has a different role.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.“ Romans 12:4-5
In our walk, God has given us specific gifts and abilities. To other people, he gives other talents and abilities:
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith.” -Romans 12:6
He has a unique plan for everyone. Every person has a different set of circumstances. It is our job to stick with what he has given us to do no matter what we think. He’s given us a job to do. Do your job.
Don’t doubt the instruction God gives you or the “position” He puts you in. Dr. Charles Stanley, one of my favorite pastors, has a great principle: “Trust God and leave all of the consequences to Him.” I urge you to do that.