Tuesday, Jan. 27
Sunday’s local paper high lighted the teamwork of the Seattle Seahawks. Although it is from a secular point of view, it related a truth that is very pertinent for the church. The article starts with the idea that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. “Teamwork is more powerful than a group of individuals, even if that group is called a “team.” Later in the article, the writer made a distinction between a team and a “unit” or a “work group.” The difference involves character traits—honesty, fairness, and intelligence, and leaders that can be trusted. It means trust in one another and a commitment to back each other up. As far as the Seahawks are concerned, Coach Pete Carroll set the pace and Russell Wilson was on the same page. For those of you who don’t follow pro football, the Seahawks looked bad in the first two or three quarters of the NFC championship game. They couldn’t seem to do anything right. With about five minutes left in the game, Russell Wilson told his coaches “We’re going to win this game.” They were behind 19 to 7. It looked hopeless. The team never gave up, produced a string of almost unbelievable plays and ended up tying the game and winning it in overtime, one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history. Folks, we need that kind of teamwork in our churches. We have Jesus Himself as our leader and we have all the tools to do the job. Teamwork is critical but we also need to realize that when God is the power behind it all, we can’t lose. This is more certain than the Seahawks winning the conference championship.