From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love - Ephesians 4:16 ESV
Growing up in our neighborhood, it was important to excel in athletics. At any point in time, you would find us participating in a variety of sports throughout the year. The importance of athletics even extended to the rivalry between neighborhoods. I can remember in school we would set up pickup basketball games to take place that involved one neighborhood against the other. When going over to play, it was vital to take your best group of guys (some of those guys are reading this blog) since bragging rights were at stake. You had to choose wisely to ensure your best chance of winning in order to avoid the sure embarrassment that would take occur the next day at school if you lost. The team that we took to play in the other neighborhoods was put together carefully based upon the strengths of each player. Utilizing that strategy, we were able to win more often than not.
I feel that experiencing success in growing the kingdom of God requires a similar strategy that we employed as youths when going up against the kids in the other neighborhoods. By bringing together a group of people that possessed different skill sets that shared a common goal (win a game), we were able to achieve our task. Our Father has bestowed upon each of us a unique skill set that can be utilized to bring glory to God. Our problems occur when we look at other's gifts and try to replicate them. This happens to the detriment of the entire team and can result in chaos. Like the human body, each member of the Church (or your ministry) has a unique function designed to assist in operating at optimum efficiency. Every one contributes to the overall health of the organization and all are important to it's success.
So men, how can we ensure that our efforts to advance our ministry or God given task (whether it be with your family or Church) operates effectively? We have to pay attention to what the scripture says and make sure that each member is properly united and joined together. The chances of reaching your goal increases when each member is operating in their best place, and is properly aligned with the other members of the team. It is a beautiful thing to behold when a team is operating together at the highest level as a result of everyone accepting and embracing their role. My brothers, what is that you feel that God is calling you to do? Whatever it is, your chances of success are enhanced when you put together the proper team. Let's resolve to today to reexamine our current team in an effort to determine whether or not the members are operating in accordance with their strengths to assist in reaching our God given goals.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.