I couldn’t help but notice these banners at the MSU Field House this past week during my son’s track practice.
Each banner marks championship won by an MSU individual or sports team. Some date way back. Every school has similar memorials serving as important reminders of their history and giving hope for future wins.
It got me thinking about the history of the Church. Curious about past spiritual battles that have been won, I wondered if there are banners in Heaven displaying those victories? It’s fun to imagine how they might be memorialized there. I’m confident Heaven keeps a record.
Some past spiritual victories have been very publicly documented. Like the ones we get to read about in scripture. God gave victories to Gideon, David, Moses, and others. I love reading the bible, digest it regularly, and am continually discovering God in it. I love the history that resides in its pages. I’m also keenly aware that the story of the Church, His Bride, is still being written.
Sometimes it’s difficult to remember the bigger picture that God has one team and all who are in Christ are on that team. Yes, we enter different buildings on Sunday mornings, but we are one in Him.
1 Corinthians 12:27
“27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
Yup, that’s right. We are one body. God knew what He was doing when He made us one. Truly, a body functions best when all its parts are attached and operating in unity. Paul used an illustration by saying that the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” (vs.21) Paul makes his point.
Competition in sports is what makes watching entertaining. Competition in the Church is like watching your right hand try to compete against your left. It is pointless and distracts from the main goal. We are on the same team.
All believers who live and breathe on the planet today are wearing the same jersey. We are joined with those who have gone before us and the believer who lives on the other side of the earth. Their victories are our victories. Your win is my win.
The way I see it, we will be spending A LOT of time together in the near future celebrating each win for the team. For all of eternity we will worship the ONE who won the victory we share in Him.
I might get to watch some of the super bowl on Sunday. I’ll pick a team and root for them. One team will win and one will lose. We will drift off to sleep a little fuller and hopefully well entertained.
Another day is coming when we will stand before our Lord and give an account for how well we fought together for what He paid for. Did we honor or argue? Did we compare or prefer? Were we proud or humble?
I’m thinking the way to win is to take the low road of humility, pray our guts out for God to divinely move in the Earth, and to LOVE one another….like Jesus commanded. On this planet we won’t physically all worship together under one roof, but we can be together in spirit and oneness, celebrating each win as a win for the team.