Do you ever wish you were on the world’s greatest team?
Football, rugby, basketball, politics, cooking…even baking too.
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be on the most accomplished, successful, dynamic, strong team of all time?
Well, if we follow Christ and are part of his church – we are!
God’s team – the church – has been given a special role and job to demonstrate Christ’s supernatural power.
The world needs to see a community of people that would make completely no sense unless there were a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit holding us together.
We have all been built together to have a unique contribution.
The way we smile, the way we say hello, the way we remember to pick up the phone and see how someone is doing, the way we invest in that young person, the way we listen to that older person, the way you pray for someone – all of these complement one another – there are no superstars or insignificant people in the church.
So this brings us to a really key question – what is church?
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians church, it is presented as a building of people. Not a building of bricks!
Ephesians 2: 21-22 says, “In him (Christ), the whole building is joined together and raised to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his spirit.”
Our team – our building as it were – is a temple of people. A building of people!
In Christ we are a building of people and we are constantly looking to add more people to grow and protect those who are already there.
In a building the things that hold everything together is concrete: nails, bolts, beams, supporting joints, cement. Buildings of bricks and wood need these things.
But what holds us together?
The dwelling of the Holy Spirit, the constant learning of Christ to become more like him so that we have words of love and encouragement for each other.
Ephesians 4:29 explains this to us: “do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.”
The greatest team on earth is held together by God himself because of his son by his spirit. We are a building of people and this building represents the greatest team in the world.
Perhaps this week you can think of how we can strengthen this team. How can we contribute more to it and how does it change the way we see church on Sundays?
Our building is a mirror and a signpost to Christ and his resurrecting power to the world. This is the mission of our team.
You are part of the greatest team in the world, so take confidence in your strength as a building of people on a mission to show Jesus to the world.