In a Relay knowing when and how to make the pass is key to winning. Team members must resist the temptation to keep running when it’s time to pass the baton.
The Bible describes the Christian journey as a race and a battle. “The race is not for the swift, nor is the battle to the strong…” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Furthermore, Jesus said in Matthew 24:13—”He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” The end can be interpreted as the expiration of life here on earth, but the deeper reference is, to end of your leg of the race–knowing when and how to pass it on.
A most beautiful picture of encouragement is to see those who ran before, become cheerleaders and coaches for those who are still running. The greater, the level of competition or fight the greater the level of support needed.
Players don’t walk off the field after they’ve made a pass. They keep on playing–at a different position. The team needs the wisdom, counsel, and support of every player; until the purpose is accomplished. We haven’t won until we make a touchdown.
As a team, the Bible says Christians are one body made up of: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, and Teachers, Exhorters, Givers, and Helpers.
Our defined purpose is to run this race:
• For the perfecting of the saints.
• For work of the ministry.
• For the edifying of the body of Christ.
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4: 11-13).
In obedience to the heavenly calling; we must understand our roles and functions in the body of Christ, only then can we work together knowing it’s never about us, but it’s all for his Glory and to his Honor. We’re only Clay Vessels in the hands of the potter.
One day, “Our earthly house of this tabernacle will be dissolved…” Moreover, when for whatever the reason, we can no longer effectively fulfill our calling or function in the ministry–it’s time to make the pass. But before we move to the next position, it’s important to prayerfully consider a faithful successor.
Eli’s eyes grew dim, yet he held on to the priesthood. (Where there is no vision– people perish. Proverbs 29:18). God was speaking to Samuel, but Eli did not understand the matter when he should have. He stayed in office, corrupting the sanctuary of God and allowing his sons to defile the women. He died, breaking his neck, as he fell backward from off his seat. (Read 1 Samuel chapters 3 and 4).
Like Eli, too many church leaders, are holding unto positions they can no longer fulfill. In stubborn blindness, they persist in selfish ways. They run greedily after the error of Balaam for rewards. (Jude1:11). They have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness. But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with a man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. (1Peter 2:15,16.) Also read Revelations 2:14.
Remember we in this team together, we have our specific roles to perform. God is not looking for an “MVP” (most valuable player). He desires our faithfulness to the task ahead.
We must remain committed to the body; keeping in mind it’s never about us, but all for his glory. Galatians 2:20 reminds us –“It’s no longer I, but Christ…”
If you sense the need to…Make the pass. Don’t be afraid.
Make the Pass…