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!