When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz returned to the field after healing from a severe injury, the NFL teams backup quarterback, Nick Foles, graciously returned to the bench. Although competing for the same position, the two men chose to support each other and remained confident in their roles. One reporter observed that the two athletes have a unique relationship rooted in their faith in Christ shown through their ongoing prayers for each other. As others watched, they brought honor to God by remembering they were on the same teamnot just as Eagles quarterbacks, but as believers in Jesus representing Him.
The apostle Paul reminds believers to live as children of the light awaiting Jesus return (1 Thessalonians 5:56). With our hope secure in the salvation Christ has provided, we can shrug off any temptations to compete out of jealousy, insecurity, fear, or envy. Instead, we can encourage one another and build each other up (v. 11). We can respect spiritual leaders who honor God and live in peace as we serve together to accomplish our shared goaltelling people about the gospel and encouraging others to live for Jesus (vv. 1215).
As we serve on the same team, we can heed Pauls command: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus (vv. 1618).