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Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is called by his fans as the “best player in the world” and I’m sure he believes and feels that way too. Basketball is a team sport. Michael Jordan, who is considered by many, including myself, as the greatest basketball player of all time said, “there can never be a best player in basketball but there’s a best team.” The best player can never beat the best team in a team competition. In 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to beat the Golden State Warriors but Lebron had an exceptional teammate in the person of Kyrie Irving and other role players. This year, Lebron James and his team were no match to the Warriors. They were swept last month for the 2018 NBA title. The Warriors are now back to back NBA Champions. They have been declared NBA Champions three times in four years. Lebron James now realized that he could not really beat the “best team” in the world, so he is looking for another team or more good players to help him become a champion again. The Warriors exuded greatness in teamwork and team sacrifice. Everyone from the Warriors contributed! As I reflect on this, I was led by the Holy Spirit to connect this with the life of our church. We’ve got to get together and work together as a church. Michael Jordan, whose individual accolades and accomplishments include 5 Most Valuable Player Awards, 10 All-NBA First Team designations, 9 All-Defensive First Team honors, 14 NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, 10 scoring titles, 3 steals titles, 1 defensive player of the year award, 6 NBA Finals MVP Awards and 6 time NBA world champion, said that one reason why they became successful in Chicago was that they had to play as a unit instead of just watching. He said the following; “What makes me more effective is other guys stepping up and being a threat. If I’m the only threat, then I’m doing all the work. Obviously that’s not going to work.”
As a church, we need to work as one body. We need to become a team that works effectively for building the kingdom of God. Clergy and laity must work together as a team for the glory and honor of Jesus. The pastor and the church staff cannot do it by themselves. Clergy and laity need teamwork. We all belong to the team of Jesus. We need to stick together because we all love Jesus. There are many Christians today who act as spectators of the ministry, when God has called them to be participants. We are all called to be participants. There are works of the Lord that are just too big for a person to do alone. We need to realize and remember that we are teammates in this endeavor. Teammates need to work together. Teamwork expands our individual efforts. Teamwork defeats any plan of the enemy. We can become a valuable member on God’s team by realizing that it is God who brings about the results and it is Him who is to get the glory and not us. The word of God says in 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 (NIV) “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it
would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, everyone of them, just as he wanted
The Good Lord bless us all! Pastor Louie
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