25 Guys… 1 Common Goal.
This phrase became the rallying cry for the San Francisco Giants during the MLB post-season. Down 0-2 and 1-3 against other teams that needed just 1 more win to end the Giants season, 25 Guys… 1 Common Goal was coined by the Giants struggling starting Right Fielder, Hunter Pence. Rev. Pence, as some began to call him, held worship in the dugout before the start of their first elimination game.
“Get in here, everyone get in here … look into each other eyes..now! Look into each others eyes, I want one more day with you, it’s the most fun, the best team I have ever been on, and no matter what happens we must not give in, we owe it to each other, play for each other, I need one more day with you guys… play for each other not yourself.” (Account from their Assistant Coach via Facebook)
“Play for each other not yourself”. Wow, that’s gospel. Don’t look just to your own needs, but to the needs of others. It’s about us. Together. This is what God’s community of believers, the Body of Christ, God’s people is about. What could we accomplish, what could we do if we lived out this mantra in our very own communities? It very well could be what Paul was hoping would happen in Corinth – that the insignificant should be held in high esteem; that with Jesus at the top, those who thought they were significant were to humble themselves and lift those who, by all other measures, were not important to be the most important.
Will you bring hope? Will you love? Will you help restore others? Will you play for each other and not yourself, because you don’t want the fellowship to end? (And by the way – when it’s about others, you’re included in that.)
One church… 1 common goal.