March is the month for basketball in Indiana! There are all the high school games as teams go through the sectionals, regionals, and semi-states on their way to the championship in Indianapolis. Going on simultaneously is the NCAA tournament! People fill out their brackets and whine about the bracket-busters on the first weekend. It’s crazy! That’s why they call it: MARCH MADNESS! To play on any of those teams at any level takes a lot of practice, hours and hours playing hoops. Being a part of that is competitive. Not everyone makes the team. Only the best.
Being a part of Jesus is not competitive. You can be a part, you can join the team. There’re no tryouts, there’re no grueling practices, no running the stairs, no getting in shape, no hours shooting free throws. As a matter of fact, Jesus doesn’t care what shape you’re in when you come to him because he’s going to take care of you. Everyone can make the team, it’s your choice. Still, one of the important things to Jesus is that you are part of the team. He loves you individually, but he also sees value in your living in community with others.
Independence is good, but you also need support. You need people around you who care about you, who love you. That’s why you live in community. Who is your community?
We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Romans 12