Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to forget the assembling of ourselves together, so…. what if we tried thinking about the church like a football team? Think of the church as a team working together towards a shared goal. A good team, supports all of its players or members. Let’s break the team down a little. Roger Goodell is the Commissioner of the NFL. He has been described by some commentators as “the most powerful man in sports.” So, in the church, God is the “Commissioner”. He is the most powerful being over everything. In order to have a successful church, God has to be in charge. Under the commissioner you have your coach, the pastor. He, being led by God, leads the team and creates the game plan. He guides, instructs, and cares for the church. Then there’s the players, church members. On a football team, there are many positions…. quarterback, tackle, running back, punter, etc. No one of those players could do their jobs without the other positions. The same is with the church. There are deacons, Sunday school teachers, committee members, nursery workers, and so many other very important members represented in each church body. 1 Corinthians 12:14-18 says, “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” Wherever God has place you in the church, serve Him to the best of your ability there. No member is less important than another. We come together to worship, to encourage one another and to work together towards a common goal. The goal is not to win the game. God has already done that. The goal is to play our best game.