The New England Patriots of the National Football League and their head coach Bill Belichick have a well-known mantra that they live by: “Do your job.”
It’s an easy way to communicate the responsibility that each player has to the team and to emphasize the fact that for the team to be successful, each player must do his part and play his role to the best of his ability.
The apostle Paul spells out how this works in the church in Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4:1-16.
But for a simple reminder about the “job” that each Christian (and collectively as the church) has, consider these two quotes:
“Moments that begin with the local congregation in which the reality of the new creation is present, known, and experienced, and from which men and women will go into every sector of public life to claim it for Christ…will only happen as and when the local congregations renounce an introverted concern for their own life, and recognize that they exist for the sake of those who are not members, as a sign, instrument, and foretaste of God’s redeeming grace for the whole life of society.” – Leslie Newbigin
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:14-16)
Let’s do our job!