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The 1954 New York Giants:
“A Lesson for the Church”

The San Francisco Giants just won the World Series this past week for the first time in 56 years. The last time they won the title the team was in New York. The year...1954. Personally, I have never been a huge Giants fan, but I did keep up with Major League Baseball growing up. I remember watching Willie Mays sometimes on the "Game of the Week". In fact, Mays, Monte Irvin, and Hoyt Wilhelm went on to be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame. But what about their teammates? What about Wes Westrum, Whitey Lockman, Davey Williams, Al Dark, Hank Thompson, Don Mueller, and Ray Katt? Not only did they miss the Hall of Fame, but you probably never even heard of them.

We all remember the greats, but the little guys have their roles. It might be the role of a utility man, a pinch hitter, or maybe even a substitute who is just a holler gut — the kind who keeps up the spirits on a team. It also takes those little-known guys to win a pennant. The 1954 Giants had this. So did the 2010 Giants and every other championship team.

What is the lesson for us? In the church, everyone cannot have a leading visual role. What each does is important, even if he does not fill one of those roles. In I Cor. 12 the Apostle Paul wrote about "those members of the body which we think to be less honorable" (verse 23). His aim in this passage was to point out that every member fulfills an important function. For example, he wrote, "If the whole were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body" (verses 17-20).

Whatever your role, fulfill it in service to the Lord. We need elders, deacons, preachers, song leaders, etc. We also need Bible class teachers, Bible class helpers, bus drivers, elder's, deacon's, and preacher's wives. We need men to volunteer to lead prayers, wait on the Lord's Supper table, deliver the Lord's Supper to shut-ins, visit the sick, etc. the list could go on and on.

Every member of the body is important. Every job is necessary. Every soul is valuable. Every effort is needed. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (I Cor. 15:58)

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward