“Roger that, flag room is secure. Turret built and upgraded,” our engineer replies.
“What about the elevator shaft?”
“Secure. Explosives set. How are we on offense?”
“Our scout has their flag. I am holding the enemy off on the bridge.”
“Laying down sniper cover. Come on home.”
This is a rendition of our team conversation when we went to a Team Fortress 2 tournament. Our team was so intact and strategic that we destroyed the other team competing. It wasn’t so much that we practiced for hours or were even better, we just knew our roles, stuck closely to them, and worked well together.
Each one of us has a unique role in life. We are given certain talents that are uniquely specific to our calling and the role God has us in. One may be given a gift to play guitar. Another may be given the ability to speak eloquently. And a third may be given the skill to build and maintain a gun turret in crossfire. It is not for us to decide the gifts God has given us, but instead how to accept them and use them as a part of his team.
If you are the sniper, all you need to worry about is making sure that the least amount of people get across the bridge as possible. If you are a scout, your role is to get the flag and stay out of combat. If you are a medic, your role is to support the team, being there when someone needs you. God calls us to certain areas and we are a team. The sniper can not say to the engineer that he does not need him, because who then will protect the flag. When we find our gifts and operate in them, then others will find theirs and we will create an unstoppable team, defending our fortress and constantly capturing the enemy’s flag.