Friday, January 2, 2015

Invited by God to Serve on Christ's Team

by Robert C. Frank

When I was a child growing up, I often played sandlot baseball and was always glad when I was invited to be on a team. I have been a Christian virtually all my life, but until recent years never thought of it as being on Christ’s Team. Aside from Pope Francis, who advised the youth of Brazil to play on Christ’s Team, invitations to serve on Christ’s Team are rarely heard of. However, I now believe Baptism is God’s invitation to serve on Christ’s Team.

Paraphrasing the first article of the Apostle’s Creed, we believe God to be the source of all creation. Jesus Christ was a unique human being who was the ultimate teacher and coach. He taught others by example how to be God’s assistants with creation. His death and resurrection highlighted the importance of forgiveness in the teamwork of creation.
After his death, the spirit of Christ became the spirit of God living within us, forming us into a team and guiding us in our efforts to assist with creation. We assist God in creating art, music, medical science, buildings, airplanes, iPhones, digital networks, and most important of all, new human beings.

What are the requirements to serve on Christ’s Team? You have to love and care for God’s creation. That means loving and caring for other people and the earth that is our home. You have to love and take care of the health of your body and develop the skills that are God’s gifts to you. You also have to gather with other members of the Team on a regular basis to learn and practice teamwork. I have found it to be a wonderful experience to serve on Christ’s Team with other loving people.         
 Robert C. Frank
Author of Christ’s Team