Short Devotional for Women:
One Body -
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ. —1 Corinthians 12:12
Volleyball is a team sport. Many college teams carry a roster of 12-14 players, and only six players from each team can be on the court at a time. Of those positions only one is the setter. A setter is considered the football equivalent of a quarterback. The setter signals plays and acts as the team leader. The point is this: only 1 of 12 players leads the team from the court. Some argue that the setter is the most important player on the court. But, that distinction cannot be made for a team with only a setter would never win. A setter needs a passer to pass the ball and a hitter to hit the ball for the game to be played.
A coach once told me that there is a difference between a great player and a great team player. He explained that a great player performs to the highest level of skill, but a great team player helps others around them perform to the top of their capability. A crowd watches and responds to those they see on the court or field. However, there are times a crowd never sees the greatest team player perform. Many times, the best team player is the one who shows up to practice everyday, works as hard as they can, makes everyone around them better, and then cheers from the bench on game day.
How can you be a great team player as a Christian?
1. Why is it easier to envy the gifts someone else has been given, than to utilize and grow the ones you have been given?
2. Take a moment to write down or think about ways that God has gifted you. How can you use those gifts to edify the body of Christ and be a great team player?
Romans 12:1-6; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 2:19-23
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Short Devotional for Men:
Never Settle for Mediocrity -
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. —John 15:5
Too many people today settle for second-best in life. Mediocrity is all they put into life, and mediocrity is all they get out of life. Yet Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). He doesn't sound like a person who chooses to be average, and you don't have to be average either.
There's a Native American story about a brave who found an eagle's egg and put it into the nest of a prairie chicken. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.
All his life the changeling eagle, thinking he was a prairie chicken, did what the prairie chickens did. He scratched in the dirt for seeds and insects to eat. He clucked and cackled. And he flew in a brief thrashing of wings and flurry of feathers no more than a few feet off the ground. After all, that's how prairie chickens were supposed to fly!
Years passed, and the changeling eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird far above him in the cloudless sky. Hanging with graceful majesty on the powerful wind currents, it soared with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
"What a beautiful bird!" said the changeling eagle to his neighbor, "What is it?"
"That's an eagle - the chief of the birds," the neighbor clucked. "But don't give it a second thought. You could never be like him."
So the changeling eagle never gave it another thought. And it died thinking it was a prairie chicken.*
1. According to John 15:5, how much fruit will a persons life bear who remains in Jesus? What does John mean by "fruit?"
2. Sometimes our circumstances cause us to settle for second best in life. Commit to God right now to being open to all He has in store for your life.
John 15:16, Galatians 5:22
*Anecdote retold from What a Day This Can Be by John Cateior, ed., Director of The Christophers (New York: The Christophers)
Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com.
Some of his recent books include: Faith Conversations for Families; Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers, Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together, Confident Parenting, The Purity Code and Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and his wife, Cathy and their three daughters Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi live in Southern California.
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