In today’s sports world, most athletes only go where the money leads. Over the weekend, we saw the opposite in Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning. Yes, Manning was going to remain a Colt no matter what, but when signing his five-year, $80 million deal, he was actually taking some money away from himself to help his team.
His annual salary is the same as Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady at about eighteen million dollars a year. However, with the salary cap restrictions in the new CBA, his salary cap number is $16 million rather than the $23.1 million he would have got had he just taken the franchise tag. This gave towner Jim Irsay and general manager Bill Polian the cap flexibility to go out and keep players the Colts need to win another Super Bowl in 2011. They re-signed RB Joseph Addai, LT Ryan Diem, SS Melvin Bullitt, and K Adam Vinatieri among others.
Even as a New England Patriots’ fan, the one quality I like about Manning is that he makes other players around him better. You always hear from other NFL analysts that the Colts would be one of the worst teams in the league without Manning and that is true in all aspects. Just like Brady, Manning can take the team’s backup tight end and make him into a star. All he has to do is put the ball where he wants it and with Manning’s accuracy, that is not usually a problem.
This holds true for people in the Christian church today. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we have to keep encouraging each other to continue our walk in the ways of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like we wrote about last week, we all have gifts that we can use to honor and serve the Lord. Through fellow believers, we need to guide people who are seeking Christ and accurately put them in positions where they can serve the Lord to their utmost strength. Take a look at these verses from the author of Hebrews:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Today, I exhort you to fellowship with other believers because God wants us to show care for everyone who is in the Body. Yes, it is okay to pray by yourself, but just by praying with a fellow believer, you both gain strength through the Lord. When we fellowship with the other members of the Body of Christ, we are sharing in each other’s lives.
Paul writes to the people in Galatia that we should “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). When we tell someone that we are praying for them or even praying with them, the Lord is pleased that we are uniting with each other under His holy name. Just like Peyton Manning, we need to fellowship with our teammates (the Body of Christ) and serve one another with the gifts that God has given us.