by Curt Dodd

How to Be a Team Player
Curt Dodd
Philippians 2:1-4

''If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 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.''

Being part of a team is very important. In fact, when we are a member of a team that works together, we can accomplish more than we can accomplish all alone. It works like that in business, and in our homes, not to mention our churches as well. In a day and time where so many partners in marriages both carrying a bread winning model, it is important that a family learn to work together as a team. It is important that a business learn to work together as a team, and it is just as important for the church to learn to work together as a team. In fact, if you look at it more closely, all of our lives are made up of a multiplicity of invitations, inviting each of us into a team organization.

Jesus knew how important it was for the disciples to be one. In fact, Christianity is a team concept though each of us individually are to meet Christ, we live in community with other believers. That's why Jesus prayed for the disciples and he prayed for us as well there in John 17:20-23, he says this:

''My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one; I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them eve ...

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