“It’s easy to get good players. Getting’ em to play together, that’s the hard part.” – Casey Stengel
Each of us faces that issue. How do I blend my abilities and talents with those of other people? How do I cooperate with others so we can reach our goal? That question applies to business, to family life, and certainly to our walk with God.
There are individual sports and team sports. Golf is an individual sport. You’re the one who makes the shot. Your caddy can only make suggestions! Football and soccer are team sports. You’re only as successful as the team is together. Christianity too is a team sports. The key to success is knowing how to work together with others.
What hinders a team from being successful? Pride and selfishness. Jesus taught us to lay aside pride and live to serve others, to work together. Paul, too, understood the value of working together. He repeatedly taught teamwork because he knew that we could only reach our goals through working together.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).
Paul points out the destructive attitude of selfishness, the enemy to team work. Selfishness, focusing on ourselves and our own interests, will leave us isolated and ineffective.
When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he mentioned selfish ambition, the idea of “What’s in it for me?” Paul’s additional challenge to consider others better than yourselves is a way of defeating selfishness, going against our fallen nature.
Paul exhorted the Philippians and us to focus on others and their gifts instead of our gifts and ourselves. That doesn’t mean that we have to deny what God has given us, but it does mean that we highly value what God has given to others. Everyone has as set of skills. These skills sometimes make someone better than we are at some things. And that’s ok. That’s part of being a team and the body of Christ.
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. – 1 Corinthians 12:27-28
No one has every gift, and what God has given others is important to us. Every individual has a unique set of gifts and unique personality that gives him or her great value.
Jesus wants His disciples to model unselfishness and work together.
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