When it comes to your Christian life, do
you consider yourself to be a team player? You ought to, because you are
part of one body–the body of Christ:
And just as a body needs all of its parts,
so it is with those who are part of Christ's church. (See
The church is on an important mission. Those who are part of the mission are part of the team. The mission is not a spectator sport, and it is not a game in which one competes against another, hoping to win while forcing another to lose. But all too often the petty objectives of some common games are evident within Christ's church. Do you recognize any of the following games in your congregation?
Hide and Seek–the game in which church members "hide" when there is work, particularly evangelism, to be done
London Bridge–the game in which church members sound sweet when they are singing but they are ever waiting for the opportunity to entrap a fellow member when they least expect it
Duck, Duck, Goose–the game in which a church member casually goes around "sizing up" or evaluating other members and then picks on the one he deems to be the weakest or slowest and attempts to eliminate them
Twister–the game in which a church member, who desires all the attention and praise, does whatever it takes to fill the positions God intended for other Christians, even to the point of grotesque contortion
Tag–the game played by the congregation in which one member does the work and/or carries the burden(s) for as long as he possibly can. Then, only when he is completely exhausted, discouraged, and "burned out" is he able to "tag" another member, forcing that individual to then carry the burden in a never-ending, defeating cycle
War Ball–the game in which one warring, unhappy member attacks the other members, one by one, until he is satisfied that he has eliminated them all
King of the Hill–the game in which one member deems himself to be a "first-class" Christian and some others as an inferior breed for various reasons (perhaps because they had committed "worse" or "greater" sins prior to conversion). When the "second-class" Christians try to become more like Christ or help in the congregation in any way, the "king of the hill" is sure to remind them how unworthy they are, thus pushing them down the hill spiritually
Indeed, it would be wonderful if none of these "games" were being played within Christ's church. But usually there is evidence that they are. We must remind ourselves that we are part of the one body of Christ and that we are important just as all of the other parts are important. We must remember we are trying to achieve a common goal–becoming more like Christ and winning others to Him. This goal is attainable for everyone who desires it–if only everyone would be a team player.
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