Key Bible Verse: I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. – Romans 12:3
When I attended Michigan State during the ’70s, the basketball team wasn’t very good even though there were good players on the team.
Norte Dame was in town and we were the underdogs. It was a close game all the way. You could sense that it was going to come down to the last shot. And there was a senior guard who was a great shot. If the game was on the line, you wanted the ball in his hands.
There was another player on the team who was a young, cocky freshman and, although he had a lot of promise, he still had a long way to go. You guessed it. As the clock ticked down to the final seconds, the ball was in the hands of this freshman.
Instead of passing the ball to the senior guard, the freshman took the shot and missed. His desire to be the hero lost the game. Team unity is based on asking the right question: “What is best for the team?” The freshman didn’t ask the right question.
Church unity is also based on asking the right question: “What is best for the church?” You may not agree with the pastor. You may not agree with the Sunday school superintendent. But you must ask yourself the question: “What is best for the church?”
My Response: What is one decision being made in my church that may not be best for me but is still best for the church?
Thought to Apply: When Christians meet … their purpose is not—or should not be—to ascertain what is the mind of the majority, but what is the mind of the Holy Spirit.—Margaret Thatcher (British prime minister)
Prayer for the Week: As your disciple, Lord, I recognize I can’t live a life of faith and faithful service on my own. Help me to truly connect with Christian community.