BUILDING THE TEAM

5th February 2013 by Bill Davis
We can all do more within the concept of a properly structured team than we can alone. Paul the Apostle, spoke of the followers of Christ as “The body of Christ”. He compared it to the human body as we are also made up of many members with different abilities and gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:20-25 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “It takes many parts to make a single body. That’s why the eyes cannot say they don’t need the hands. That’s also why the head cannot say it doesn’t need the feet. In fact, we cannot get along without the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest. We take special care to dress up some parts of our bodies. We are modest about our personal parts, but we don’t have to be modest about other parts.God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others.”
Often, when a team does not work, it is because there are those that focus too much on their own agenda rather on the goals of the team. Or the team looks only at the total team without recognizing the individuality and merits of each member. What good is a football team if everyone wants to be the quarterback or everyone wants to be the center? God created us in His own image, but He did not create us the same.
Romans 12:6-8 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “God has also given each of us different gifts to use. If we can prophesy, we should do it according to the amount of faith we have. If we can serve others, we should serve. If we can teach, we should teach. If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully.”
Duplication does not necessarily benefit a team as much as individuality. Build your team with the right motives. Not just to have a community of “like minds” or just to build an organization. As you build your team, recognizing the benefits all can contribute, you will soon find that it all comes together into a wonderful community and organization of its own. Jesus taught His own followers the importance for all being joined together.
John 15:5-6 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to Me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without Me. If you don’t stay joined to Me, you will be thrown away. You will be like dry branches that are gathered up and burned in a fire.”
Bill Davis

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