Embrace Your Role on the Team
If you ever watch a true team play, you’ve notice right away that something is different about them. They seem connected, they seem in sync, and they seem to have incredible intuition. It seems as though each teammate knows what the other is thinking, what they’ll be doing, and what their tendencies are before it even happens. This is necessary for a team to win a championship. There has to be more than just a collection of individuals all playing for themselves in order to win. Each team member has a purpose, a role, and a job to do.
Without the defensive specialist who comes in late in the game, a baseball team could be at risk of giving up some late runs and losing. Without the reliable pinch hitter to come in and do their job, those one run wins may quickly turn into one run losses. The starting pitcher needs to set the tone for the entire game while keeping his team in the game. The power hitter is on the team to drive in runs. We could go on and on. The same goes for God’s team. People each have specific qualities, strengths, and roles that He has given us. Our job is to use those and use the platform He blesses us with to glorify Him.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
The Holy Spirit calls us to recognize our gifts and remember who gives them to us.
In championship teams, players strive to be the best they can be, but they are also content in their roles. A great leader will communicate effectively to these players that everyone’s role is important and vital to the team’s success as a whole. A coach may call on the bench player to perform in a big spot one game or they may not even play the next. The point is to be ready whenever the coach comes calling.
Reading the Bible, praying, and continuously seeking Godly counsel is pivotal in both recognizing what your gifts and roles are, but also how to be content with them. It’s easy in today’s age of social media to play the comparison game. We see other Christians being blessed beyond belief (or they appear to be) while we struggle. It may just be that God’s plan for our gifts and roles in His kingdom are different than others’. He will use you to advance His kingdom.
If he was done with you, you wouldn’t be reading this. Just like a good coach knows how to utilize all team members to their best ability, God knows each of us perfectly and what we can do to help His team. Our job is to be content with the strengths and roles He’s blessed us with and be thankful that we can be a part of an eternal team in Heaven.
Michael Schlact is the Field Manager/Player Personnel for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Professional Baseball team. He was a 2004 3rd round MLB draft pick by the Texas Rangers & has been in professional baseball 13+ years. A native of Marietta, Ga., Michael has a wife, Jillian, & son, Sawyer. The couple is expecting another son in March.
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