Sports. Yeah, I really like sports. Football is my number one but I also like baseball, basketball, hockey, and that great debatable so called non-sport of NASCAR. I don’t have the time anymore to rearrange my schedule to accommodate games like I used to so I am not in the loop as much as I once was, and that’s OK. It was on a sports radio program that I heard an oft used term in sports, “chemistry”. It seems to be a darkly lit, mystical kind of thing that, to the world is hard to understand . But I contend that in the kingdom of God it is not, and that applies to any context in which anyone is involved, and part of a ministry team.
For instance, you are in the worship band, or another part of the local church outreach. In the course of your efforts there may come some friction, a disagreement with how best to address a problem or task that needs tackling. What happens next is crucial, and it is indeed the “H” word-Humility! I am very fortunate to be surrounded by amazing, caring, loving, and God-fearing leaders. They exemplify the following scripture, and are shinning examples of what we are called to.
1 Peter 5
The Message (MSG)
5 1-3 I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.
4-5 When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for—
God has had it with the proud, But takes delight in just plain people.
6-7 So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.
Whatever the position you occupy in the church, whether someone who is the head of a department, or serving in another role, you are a leader. The responsibility for the body of Christ is all of ours, as I am reminded that God is not a “respecter of persons”. So forget whether or not you feel there is chemistry at work, serve humbly in all you do before God and man.