Converge C1M1 – Week 3 Devotion
Converge Concept: Loyalty
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Colossians 1:18 (NASB)
A good biscuit is known by the flakey layers that melt in your mouth. A good cake is defined by its airy texture that makes each bite delicious. And, you’ll know a good cookie by its crisp edge and chewy center that is only made better by dunking it in a glass of milk. What makes biscuits, cakes, and cookies so good? What creates these works of bakery art? Most people would probably answer with one word: butter. Without butter, you don’t have the flakey layers, the airy texture, and the crisp edge.
Butter. Definitely butter.
In the world of baking, butter gets all the glory. No one ever says, “Mmm, baking soda makes everything takes better.” But, the fact of the matter is, without baking soda or baking powder, you would not be able to break open a biscuit and slather it with strawberry preserves, your cake would be too flat to eat, and your cookies will be too hard to bite. In the world of baking, butter needs baking soda, eggs, sugar, and flour to actually accomplish anything. Otherwise, it’s just a lump of fat.
You are a lump of fat. Some of your co-workers are also lumps of fat. Others are leavening agents, nutrient-dense components, crystallized plant substances, or ground grains. When co-workers support each other through their individual roles, the goals of the business are accomplished. Each individual is important in their own way but united together, the team is able to create something new.
When Christ left this earth, He established an interesting concept called “the body” or “the church.” The Church is more than just a group of people that gets together and worships Jesus once a week; the Church is a group of people–each gifted with different skills, abilities, and responsibilities– all working together to bring honor and glory to Christ through serving together. In both business and religion, we can tend to think that one role is more important than another, that the accomplishments of one outweigh the accomplishments of another. But, that is not how Christ intended it to be. In fact, when we think like this, we actually hurt the unity and effectiveness of our team.
If we take a moment to evaluate the team around us, we can see how the work of others benefits our work. We can see how each role supports the other and moves the team forward. We can see how unity creates something new. How lumps of butter working together with a team of ingredients can create works of bakery art.
This week’s action item:
Think of 1 co-worker. Make a list of 3 areas of your job that you would not be able to accomplish without that coworker.
Lord, thank you for creating and gifting each individual with skills and abilities specific to them. This week, as we work together, help us to recognize and appreciate the positive role each employee plays on our team. Amen.