When I was a young gymnast I did not have much of a team. The older and more advanced I became in my gymnastics the more alone I was. I trained at a small gym that did not have a large advanced competitive team. This came with some advantages but also with many challenges. One of the things I enjoyed most about college gymnastics was being part of a team.
God has designed us to work in teams. We are not Jesus, we are not all powerful thus in order to do the things Jesus did and even greater things than he did, we need to be a part of a team. When I think about my past experiences with working with teams I have mixed feelings. There have been some good experiences but also bad.
So what kind of team does God want for us? I believe the answer is that he wants us to form teams where the leader and coach is Jesus. The teammates are all individuals with differences and unique traits. Each teammate is equal. We all have different areas where we flourish and areas we struggle. There is no hierarchy and no one person is more important than any of the rest.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13
This model resonates with my heart because I trust Jesus as my leader and I trust that he not only has each individuals best interest at heart but also the team as a whole. We are all individuals but we all need a team to survive, grow and change our world.
I think the hardest part for many of us is finding a team that fits. I believe God either has or is making a team for each of us. So for those who find themselves in need of a team, I pray God will give you direction and a heart of obedience. For those who are part of a team, I challenge you to daily make Jesus your coach and head. Amen