Peyton Manning, despite his declining physical skills that go with being a 39-year-old quarterback, led the Denver Broncos to a victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. He did not look like the Manning of old, who would take risks and go for broke. He routinely made the conservative call, trusting his magnificent defense to carry the team to victory.
Manning reportedly said something to the effect that he was still in the band, even though he was no longer the lead singer on every song. His experience in the game has taught him the value of teamwork. His humility served him and his teammates well. Manning accepted a reduced role in order to achieve success for his team.
This is a biblical principle that we need to apply in the church. We are a body, consisting of parts that work together for the benefit of the whole. There is no room for pride on God’s team. By humbly working together, each one performing his or her role, we are guaranteed to win many victories for the Lord.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”—1 Corinthians 12:27.