When one part of the body suffers, all suffer.
After quitting the team, Timo Cruz wants back on -- but the price to rejoin the team is impossible to pay. The coach requires him to do 2500 push-ups 1000 suicide sprints within a week. Committed, Timo hits the deck and begins.
Body of Christ, Encouragement, Suffering, Success, Strength
The week is over, and Coach Carter comes to Timo to give him the assessment of his work. Carter tells Timo, "I'm impressed with what you've done, but you've come up short. You owe me 80 suicides and 500 push-ups. Please leave my gym." Timo is crushed. He worked so hard every day to try to complete the impossible task, but he failed. Coach Carter turns to his team and says he'll see them tomorrow. As Carter turns to leave the gym, one of his players says, "I'll do push-ups for him. You said we're a team. When one person struggles, we all struggle. One player triumphs, we all triumph, right?" He goes to the floor with Cruz and begins doing push-ups. A moment later, another teammate says, "I'll do some. I'll run suicides too." And then, one by one, every player but one has begun to do push-ups or run for Cruz. Even though he is weary beyond belief, Cruz continues to participate along with his teammates. Finally, the last player chooses to join in as well, saying, "I'll do some..." While Carter is encouraged by their attitude, he does not let them off the hook. He tells his assistant coach to, "Keep countin'. Call me when it's done."
Team sports are probably one of the best allegories for the Church. In order for a team to be successful, they have to act as a single unit. Too much emphasis in one area, or neglect in another, leads to defeat. All players must exert maximum effort to achieve victory. That is why when one of their teammates was in trouble, the remaining healthy team members rallied around him and supported him until he could be fully reintegrated into the team. The Apostle Paul warned of divisions in the body, and the devastating impact of factionalism in the Church. He encouraged the Church to act as a single unit, and for the members of the body to support one another -- all parts of the body being held together by love.