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There's No "I" in Team, But There is in "Sin"

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There's No "I" in Team, But There is in "Sin"

By Ken Paulin, Jr.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. - Romans 12:3-8

We often hear the phrase "There's No "I" In "Team." This is a reminder that a team is made up of many players and the team is more important than any individual player. We cannot be selfish or self-centered; we all need to work together for the good of the team and not for our own selfish desires or rewards. We can't do it all ourselves, we need our brothers and sisters (teammates) to optimize our performance.

In 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, the Apostle Paul reminds us that although our body is one, it's made up of many parts. When these parts work together in unison, we can accomplish great things; however, if they aren't coordinated, we often can't accomplish the most basic functions. He goes on to tell us that there should be no division in the body that each part should have equal concern for each other and when one part suffers, every part suffers with it; and if one part is honored, every part rejoices - we win as a team and we lose as a team.

In Romans 12:3-8, the Apostle Paul points out that we should not think of ourselves more highly than we should. Like Jesus, we too should be humble and seek to serve others with the talents God blessed us with. God has blessed each of us with different gifts/skills and we should use them to our fullest so we can glorify Him and make the greatest contribution to our team.

There may not be an "I" in "Team," but there is an "I" in "Sin." We often sin by trying to take over our own lives and pursue our own selfish desires and sinful ways of the world, rather than having faith and trusting God to provide for us. Jesus told us that He conquered the world, so there is nothing He can't accomplish for us, if we just have faith, trust His plan, and turn over control to Him (John 16:33) we will have peace and He will lead us through the troubles we encounter. However, we often forget or grow impatient of waiting and think we can take matters into our own hands and do things our way. We forget we are part of "Team Jesus" and we seek to "score" by ourselves so we can satisfy our desires and get all the glory. James 1:13-15 tells us that we are tempted when we give in to our own desires, and when we pursue our desires, it leads us into sin, and sin leads to death, if we don't repent an follow Christ.

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus told us not to worry about anything. If our Heavenly Father provides for the birds, the flowers, and the grass, then how much more is He going to care about and provide for us, His children who He formed in His own image? Jesus tells us that our Heavenly Father knows what we need and will provide for us if we just seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness. We can't add a single hour to our lives by worrying and trying to do things on our own. Instead, take the "I" out of "Sin" and replace it with Jesus, He will surely provide for us and as the Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13-22, God is faithful; He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. But when we are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

So take the "I" out of "Team" and "Sin," rejoice and enjoy the JOY of life in Jesus Christ by learning to put:

Jesus first,
Others second, and
Yourself last.

Do this by turning away from the sin of pride and checking your EGO at the door, for our EGO only Edges God Out of our lives.

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever put your own needs a head of those of the team?
  2. Do you seek to get all the glory for your accomplishments, or do you share the glory with your teammates and more importantly with God?
  3. Do you feel the need to control things, or are you able to turn everything over to the Lord and trust Him to provide, to get you were you need to be at the right time?
  4. Do you struggle with humility? Are you able to put Jesus first and others second, or do you think of yourself more highly than you should?
  5. Do you honor your commitments to others, or do you give in to the selfish desires of your heart?
  6. Are you able to find the Joy in your sufferings?
  7. Are you content with where God has you right now?
  8. Wouldn't you rather enjoy the thrill of victory in Christ, rather than the agony of defeat in sin?

Additional Reading

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
  2. Romans 12:3-8
  3. John 16:33
  4. Matthew 6:25-34
  5. James 1:13-15
  6. 1 Corinthians 10:13-22

About the Author

Ken Paulin, Jr. is a banker in Buffalo, NY. Ken is a member of the FCA Hockey Leadership Board and Chairs the Buffalo Booster Club. Ken and his son Christopher, who is a goalie for Niagara University, have been involved with FCA Hockey since 2008 and were baptized together at an FCA Hockey Camp.

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Chris Bayee wrote:
This was outstanding! Thank you for writing this devotional!

Tue, January 26, 2016 @ 9:59 AM

2. Ken Paulin wrote:
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. However, I have to give all the glory to God. I was working on another devotion and at the last minute, the Lord gave this one to me and put it on my heart to submit this one instead.

Tue, January 26, 2016 @ 3:41 PM

3. Lori wrote:
Your writing really touched home . I have a son, who needs to check his EGO. I will read this article ((because I know he won't ) to him and pray that pieces will remain. Although, their are many great pieces for the whole family to learn and use.
Thank you for your God given talent.

Sat, October 22, 2016 @ 8:00 AM

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