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Topic: Year(s) (01/20/11)
TITLE: The Power of Unity in Christ
By Tim Pickl
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Harry Marti stepped into the locker room carrying a case of bottled water with a bunch of team towels neatly stacked on top of the water.
Expecting the usual bombastic, fiery speech, the team was amazed at how quiet Da Coach was.
Picking the first player he spotted—a third string quarterback—Da Coach knelt down in front of the player and carefully removed the player’s socks, then poured some water on the player’s feet and wiped his feet off with a team towel.
One of the star players saw what was happening and asked Da Coach, “Are you washing my feet?”
“What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
Every team member was amazed at Harry Marti’s servant attitude.
“Remember what happened here today—not just in the Championship Game—because of our great unity, we will win today—but remember this day for the rest of your life: serve one another.”
“Officially, that day the football team prevailed and won the game, just as Da Coach predicted.” Pastor Michael said with a smile, holding up one the football team’s towels.
“Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
“United in Christ, we will reach out to this lost and dying world—together.” Pastor Michael wiped tears from his eyes with the team towel.
“Never, never, never give up, and never, never, never give in to the wicked wiles of the devil—for way too many years we have done the same things the same way and got the same results.” Pastor Michael paused, and compassionately looked at the congregation.
“If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: but remember saints—if we deny Him, He also will deny us.” Pastor Michael motioned to the ushers to come forward.
“Therefore today, we will follow the example of Coach Harry Marti—who followed the example of Jesus—and we will wash one another’s feet.
“Yield yourself to the Holy Spirit. Let Him lead you to someone who needs you to minister to him or her.”
“Imagine now what we will do together—united for Christ like the early church who turned their world upside down!” Pastor Michael went and knelt down and washed the feet of the oldest saint in the congregation—an elderly widow whom most people had forgotten about.
“Now pray together—pray a blessing on the person you are ministering to.”
“Cast all your cares upon Jesus—because He cares for you.”
Helping one another, each saint in the congregation washed at least one other saint’s feet.
“Remember what happened here today—because of our great unity, we will win souls—but remember this day for the rest of your life: serve one another!”
Immediately there was a holy hush in the sanctuary.
Someone gave a message in tongues, yielding to the Holy Spirit moving in their heart; then another saint interpreted the message:
“Today you have demonstrated my love for you to one another: go in love and teach My Word to the ones I will lead you to and win them to Me—I love you.”
Reference/Cross Reference from the King James Version/New King James Version:
2 Timothy 2:12
1 Peter 5:7
1 Corinthians 12
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