December 11, 2017

By Paul J Banta

Romans 14:17-19 says, “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.  So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.” – NLT

Plenty of energy is used to move teams forward with some high expectations for the season. Having been a coach at a Division 1 NCAA program it wasn’t always easy for our staff and players to gel right away with literately a few days to prepare for the first match. It always seemed like we needed both a miracle along hard work to win that first game even though every team was in the same situation. As leader/coaches in this great game of soccer, you need to get your mental and physical energies flowing together in such a way that you create the success together required to go forward for your players. There’s so much to accomplish at the beginning of the season, so all members need to agree to move forward along with encouragement and building each other up and developing those soccer talents for great success.

As leaders, who are to be filled with integrity and who are called to coach this game for the Lord it’s your responsibility to get along with each other building your team. There a lot of ways this can be done. When we think of the word’s building one another up, these words mean to increase one another’s potential. It carries the idea of strengthening one another, allowing one another to face the challenges of the match. I’ve often told my players, “the game is a battle and we are to work hard because you’re in this fight together.”

The apostle Paul in Philippians 1:25-28 says, “Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again you’re boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.”

We cannot afford to lose any player. After all you chose them and selected them to play for you. For your team to succeed, you need the strength supplied by all members, and so it is with the Body of Christ. We all need each other. Coaches need players and players need coaches. We’re created to stand alongside one another and battle.  When we support each another and give 100%, we express unconditional love God wants us to have, and He provides that. Even after we grow close enough to each other to learn one another’s quirks and annoying little habits, we will stick by each other’s side.

What’s your next move?