United in Competition


Together As One

Ready: “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”John 17:21

Set: “One” is a powerful principle we see displayed throughout the sports world. Being one—together and unified—is the ultimate desire of every team. Coaches constantly implore their teams to play as one. Players strive to operate as one cohesive unit, rather than a bunch of individual parts.

As believers, let’s try to read through the lens of a coach instructing and informing his or her team. As citizens of heaven, we are ambassadors of God’s Kingdom. We should aim to live here on Earth like we are in our “home country” of Heaven. We can wave our flags of the fruits of the spirit and wear the jersey of Jesus on this team that has one simple yet powerful goal: Love God and love others.

We are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of being a citizen of Heaven. That is demonstrated through standing together with an unselfish, encouraging attitude of one, striving together to join as one to bring change to the world in the name of Christ.

No matter your age or position in life, as followers of Christ, we’re all active participants on Team Jesus! But remember, uniting as one requires everyone to be all in—mind, spirit and body aligned and committed to the common cause.

"Let’s commit our families, homes, businesses, teams and ministries to having an attitude of one as followers and ambassadors for Christ." – Shane Williamson


  1. Of your mind, spirit and body, which might you need to submit to God to be all in?
  2. Who would you like to invite to join your faith team?
  3. What cause will you and your team unite around this season?

Overtime: Lord, I long to unify with those on my team, in my family, and even those I have trouble getting along with. Give me a love that comes from You and a desire to serve for Your name’s sake, and let us all align for You. Amen.

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