We ought to look at life the way the Chicago Bulls play basketball. Before the Bulls started doing well over the past few years, they had a reputation for losing. They owe their present success to the hard work of their entire team.

One of the Bulls players, Joakim Noah, in an interview with a sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune, said, “We’re very deep with a lot of talent. It has to be about our team. . . . As long as we keep me out of it and buy into what Coach [Thibodeau] wants, we can even get better.”

Good teams think about “we,” not “me.” The teammates are all about helping each other improve so the entire team can profit and win. In a team like this, each player uses his abilities for the team, not for himself.

This is how the Body of Christ should function. Each member has to understand and accept his role so he can work with the other members and carry out God’s purpose. Whether a member has been given the ability to preach, teach, sing, play an instrument, lead a small group, or manage a church’s finances, the person must remember the abilities God has provided are “for the team,” not for his own benefit.

You might not think of yourself as a star on your church’s team of staff members. Maybe you teach Sunday School, but you’ve always wanted to direct the choir. Perhaps you can work with youth, but you’ve always had a desire to pastor a church. God knows the desires of your heart. But He gave you your specific abilities for a purpose. Use them for His glory.

When you think about how you can meet the needs of others rather than yourself, you will bring the greatest blessing both to yourself and the people you serve. Let God use you where you are today.

It needs more skill than I can tell / To play the second fiddle well. — C.H. Spurgeon

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder