I doubt that NFL general managers are getting 8 hours of sleep per night.
As you may know, the recently ended NFL lockout cut into the time available for teams to sign and swap players before the beginning of the 2011 season. As a result, there has been a flurry of player transactions in the last several days. Albert Haynesworth is headed to New England, Donovan McNabb is flying north to Minnesota for the fall, and Reggie Bush’s talents have been traded to South Beach.
What makes a team trade for a player or sign a free agent? Simple. The team believes that the player they are acquiring will make them better. Stated another way, they believe that the player is a good fit—he fills a gap and provides skills that otherwise would be lacking from the team.
Isn’t it interesting that God intends for the church to function as a team, or, to use Paul’s metaphor, a body (1 Corinthians 12:13,27; Ephesians 3:6; 4:12; 5:23; Colossians 3:15)? All the parts of the body are important (1 Corinthians 12:14–26), just as all the members of a team are important. When a body part doesn’t work properly, the whole body suffers. When a team member gets injured or doesn’t play hard, the whole team suffers. Why? Because the function of the whole is dependent on the function of the parts.
If you have placed your trust in Jesus to save you, consider yourself under contract. You are no longer a free agent. You are on Jesus’ team. That means the rest of us need you. If you become enslaved to sin or selfishly detach yourself from other believers, our team will struggle. On the other hand, if you fully invest your gifts and talents in service (Ephesians 4:12–13), our team will succeed.
And the stakes are a lot higher than a Vince Lombardi trophy.
—Beau StanleyFollow @beaustanley