Would You Root for a Guy Who Never Scored a Point?

Every follower of Christ, at the moment of his/her conversion, receives at least one gift of the Spirit.  These gifts are to be used for others in building up the kingdom of Christ.  There is great variety in the gifts and this means that not all will receive gifts that place them in the limelight. Paul, in multiple places in the New Testament, ingeniously compares the human body to the body of Christ- one body, with many different members, each of which have different functions.  Here is what Paul told the Corinthians on the subject:

1 Cor. 12:19-22- “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.  If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.”

What Paul is telling the church is that not all of us, based on our gifts, can be the eye, or the brain, or the mouth- parts of the body we deem to be important.  As a body, some members have to be the big toe, the ear lobe, etc.- parts of the body we deem to be unimportant or least not very glamorous.  The point of all of this is to say that your gift may not put you up in front of people.  It may not get you accolades and notoriety.  But your gift is important to the body of Christ.  Besides, your gift has not been given to you for your glory or benefit.  God has given it to you to serve Him and others.

Think about this: What is the goal of playing football?  The goal is to win games.  How does a team win games?  Score points. 
I’ve always been irritated by the sideline reporter that asks the coach before the game starts, “Coach, what do you have to do to win the game?”  Just once I want a coach to answer, “Uh, score more points than the other team!”

What if I told you of a man that played football 23 years, 15 of those years in the NFL, and he never scored a touchdown.  He scored not one single point his whole career.  This man would have to be a failure, wouldn’t he?  Especially considering that he played 245 games in the NFL.
 Why start a player in that many games that can’t score?  Well, let’s look at his stats.  He made 1,032 tackles, blocked 86 passes, intercepted 3 passes, and made 19 fumble recoveries (but still no touch downs).  Was he a failure for never scoring a point?

In a football game it seems that everything centers on the football and the goal line, but there is more to the game than that.
 Who is the man I was describing above?  It is Ed “Too Tall” Jones.
 He played in 16 playoff games, 3 Super Bowls, was All-Pro two times, and was a member of Dallas’ vaunted “Doomsday Defense.”  The reason he never made a touch down was his position- Ed was an all pro defensive end. “Too Tall” was a team player, he never 
played to make touchdowns, he played to help his team win.  Not everyone on a football team is playing to make touchdowns.  They are playing to help their team win the game.

So it is with Christians.  Not all of us have gifts that seem glamorous or “important,” but every gift is indeed special and important.  We must humbly embrace our gift, whatever it is, and use it for the good of the church and the kingdom.

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