But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.” Jude 1:20-21 NLT
We are all interdependent. Each of us need the benefit that comes from being connected to one another. Just as the human body has many parts that depend upon one another for their proper function, so we are dependent upon one another for our proper function within the body of Christ. This concept is described in I Corinthians 12. We all have spiritual gifts, unique natural talents, and we all should portray the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Being connected to one another is necessary for vital nutrition to reach each part of the body. By staying connected we give health to one another and we give opportunity for optimal performance. We NEED one another! None of us can walk this road alone. Christ has designed us to operate as a unit. Together, we can accomplish our God given responsibility. Here is an acronym that depicts this reality:
T - Together
E - Everyone
A - Accomplishes
M - More
We are a team! A team needs an owner, a head coach, other coaching staff, and players. On a team there are positions that each member plays. To be successful, each team member must understand their assignment and perform it well, keeping in mind the benefit it gives the team. As each team member does the same, they function as a well trained unit. The team cannot be victorious in their struggle when it's members aren't prepared, focused, and performing their assigned position. In addition, we all should give our verbal support to the team by speaking words of encouragement and affirmation. In the body of Christ, "Team Jesus", we do this by praying. Prayer is our secret weapon. Through praying in the Holy Spirit we enter the spiritual realm where the battle is fought. There we wage war against the opposing team of darkness. As we cry out to our All Powerful, All Knowing, Ever Present Father, we find strength for the battle, focus for our objective, and supernatural victory in the war. Today, take a moment to pray for your fellow team members. Some are injured and need healing. Others are discouraged and need a lift. Some are tired and need God's rest. Perhaps that person is you. I'm praying for you today!!
Rev. Curtis Norris