As a pastor and coach I often use the language of the athletic world to bring the truths of the Gospel to life. So under the title of Team Truth we will briefly look at two important aspects of the Truth of being on God’s Team!
Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
1. You Are Endowed
Every member of Team Truth is gifted. When God picks a player to be on His team, He equips that person with the ability to play in the game.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11)
You are endowed with the ability to do what God has called you to do in the service of others as a faithful steward of God’s grace to you. Peter gave the reason for this service: “So that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” So . . . how is God being praised through the use of your gifts for the good of others and the glory of God?
2. You Are Equipped
To equip the saints for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ.
When you are a part of Team Truth, you are endowed and equipped to play your part to further the cause of His kingdom. Every member of God’s team is to go from being a spectator to a servant . . . to change from being a consumer to a contributor.
Over the years I have counseled far too many Christians who feel they have disqualified themselves for service in some way and that God can no longer use them. I tell them this:
YOU CANNOT UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY
IF YOU STAY LOCKED UP IN YOUR HISTORY!
Just a cursory glance through sacred Scripture will show that most of those who did the most for God’s kingdom had checkered pasts. Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife to save his own skin. Moses was a murderer; so was David. Jacob was a schemer. And who can forget that the great apostle Paul held the coats of those who stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr, to death. Acts 8:1 records that Paul looked on with approval!
Here is a great little story that makes it clear that everyone is both valuable and needed on Team Truth.
One day the Carpenter’s tools held a conference. Brother Hammer presided but several of the other tools suggested that he leave the meeting because he was too noisy. Brother Hammer replied, “If I must go, so too Brother Screw. You have to turn him around again and again to get him to accomplish anything.”
Brother Screw spoke up, “If you wish, but Sister Plane must go too…all her work is on the surface and has no depth to it at all.” Sister Plane responded, “Sister Rule will also have to withdraw for she is always measuring folks as though she were the only one who is right.”
Sister Rule then complained against Brother Sandpaper, “You ought to leave too because you’re so rough and always rubbing people the wrong way.” In the midst of this discussion, in walked the Carpenter of Nazareth ready to start His day’s work.
He went to His bench to make a pulpit from which to proclaim the Gospel. He employed the hammer, screw, plane, rule, sandpaper, and all the other tools. After the day’s work when the pulpit was finished, Brother Saw arose before all the other tools and remarked, “Brothers and sisters, I observe that all of us are workers together with the Lord.”
I have a very important question to ask you. How many extra Christians did God make? Silly question, isn’t it? The answer, of course, is none; that means you are both endowed and equipped to do what God has called you to do as a vital and valuable member of Team Truth!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!