The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Even if you don’t enjoy watching professional football, you can’t escape the hoopla moving forward to the Super Bowl. On February 6 in Dallas, the Super Bowl will determine if Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers is the greatest team for this NFL season.
If the best team wins, it will prove right all who favored them as the greatest team. If the “underdog” pulls off the upset, their victory will shine brighter and their glory becomes greater because they exceeded expectations.
How do NFL teams achieve greatness? In football brute strength, great talent, experience and a bit of trickery may win the day. But a team with less strength, talent and experience can be the victor by working together as a team.
The winning Super Bowl team and the body of Christ have many things in common. Different parts of the team have different talents. Individually, members of the team can boast of great things. However, unless they work together as a unit, the talent gets wasted.
The apostle Paul says, “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts.” The body describes the Church that Jesus Christ created. He serves as the head of the body while his faithful people make up the body parts.
The Head led the way in love. He sacrificed his own body on the tree of the cross to atone for the sins of the world. Without this gift, the body would have no life. Jesus rose from death and keeps the body alive with his love.
The apostle Paul identifies a special gift that made and keeps the body living in Christ. “We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body.” The Holy Spirit uses the power of God’s Word connected with the waters of Baptism to create faith in our hearts and make us members of Christ’s Church – his body.
The parts of the body work as a unit using the power of God through his Word. The body anticipates victory. God is on our side. The body uses the brute strength of God’s Word. The talents and experiences of the members that God provides give the body wisdom for the battle.
With excellent coordination and appreciation for each other’s gifts, the body works as a unit. With God’s help, the body achieves the Master’s goals – working to win more souls for Jesus, defeating the traps and temptations of Satan, and bringing glory to God the Father with honorable and good lives.
May the best team win! Connected to Jesus by faith, you’re on it!