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Remember your role

Pastor's corner

POSTED: January 11, 2010 10:38 a.m.
So often these days we hear about teamwork and partnership. God said in Genesis that it is not good for man to be alone. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, we find some reasons for this. “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”
Here we understand the cornerstone of partnership and teamwork: I help you and you help me because we have a common goal/reward.
As we look around today we see many examples of this, from marriages to business partnerships. Through these alliances, individual strengths are multiplied, knowledge increases, visions are strengthened, physical and mental capabilities increase. With all these benefits and rewards, one may ask, “What’s my role?”
God has purposes, goals and roles for everyone. Your role could be that of a leader, a helper, a supporter/member or a coach. Everyone has a different role.
Of course, everyone can’t be leaders, pastors or bosses. When we are not in our proper role, we have problems. Things don’t flow properly and we lose the vision. God decides who the leader is and who occupies the supporting role.
Let’s look at an example of this. If I am a boxer, my partner is my coach and we both have different skills, knowledge and abilities that help improve our team. When it’s fight time, you won’t find my coach in the ring fighting my fight. That’s not his role and he may get hurt. His role is to be outside the ring, watching the fight, advising me and giving me information and strategies to win. If I get knocked down, his job is to encourage me to get back up and win the fight. When the boxer wins, they both win, even though the boxer’s picture and name appear in the newspaper.
A good coach knows his or her role. They know it takes both a boxer and a coach to win. To avoid upsetting this balance, we must not step outside our roles. That is the most important lesson to learn. A coach cannot be a fighter and a fighter cannot be a coach at the same time. Identify your role, study your role and be the best you can be because we both want the same reward. Do you know your role? Be blessed.

Andrews is president of UMA and a member of Mt. Carmel Ministries.
 

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