Monday, March 25, 2019

March 25, 2019 - Great Teams and Great Players

The past couple of weeks I have addressed what a “great player” looks like and encouraged us to find what were good at and be good at it… this has come during a time where I have been sharing our ministry’s story and defining what we do… I have described our ministry as a “great ministry” or “great team”… which sounds a bit braggadocious but bear with me… I believe it is a description that should be true of every ministry and every minister.

We are “great” in that we follow what Scripture says to be great…

The Great Commission: every “player” has been given a job to do… been commissioned… is on a mission… to teach the Word (Matthew 28:18-20) and to share the Gospel (Mark 16:15.) As a coach I have said it over and over… know your role and do your job! Well the Great Commission is your role if you are a believer… you are a missionary (commissioned)… you have to answer the question if you are any good at it.

The Great Commandment: the Scriptures are very clear that we are to love God and love others… I have shared recently that Jesus defines greatness as servanthood… being compassionate. Jesus says if we love Him we will obey His commandments (John 14:15) and if we serve Him it will be done through serving others (Matthew 25:40.) Paul states that if we avoid this Great Command to love, we are simply making noise when trying to fulfill our mission. (See 1 Corinthians 13)

The Great Game Plan: being on mission starts with “home games.” Acts 1:8 gives us the plan to begin in our “Jerusalem”, where we live… Missions is not something reserved for the 1 or 2 weeks you go somewhere during the year… it is a daily, starts-at-home lifestyle. And then we move on to our “Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”/ ”away games.”

Are you a “Great Missionary”? Following those three things is the blueprint… “Great Teams” are made up of “Great Players” doing their job the right way!

Monday, March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019 - The Importance of Talented Players

Last week I shared that I believe Christ’s definition of being a great “player” is one that lives a life of servanthood… of compassion. Seems to me like any time Christ talks about greatness… on how we impress God… it centers on showing God’s love and compassion to others… in how good we are to others (not in how good we are.)

Yet we also see a lot in Scripture about being gifted (equipped to be really good)… and these gifts come from God. I do believe it is important to pursue excellence in the areas we are gifted and talented…

1.       Gifts are of huge importance in helping us get in places to show compassion…. Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” In other words when you are good at something, people will take notice.

2.       Gifts are for the purpose of making the team better… Ephesians 4:16 states, “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes the growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” The team needs you to play do your part!

3.       Gifts are from the Lord… Ephesians 4:7, “But to each one of us grace (favour) was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” We can’t brag about our gifts… because they were gifts… The Message states it this way: But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift

My encouragement this week is:

Find what you are good at and be good at it!!!

Work hard and if you are gifted in that area, people will take notice… but remember that when that gift/talent gets you in the door, it is so you can make the team stronger and serve others!!!

John Wooden reminded us of these truths:

“Talent is God-given… Be humble!

Fame is man-given… Be grateful!

Conceit is self-given… Be careful!”