Advent Devotional 12/9: We Are a Team
Flakiness is a wonderful quality in a croissant. In people, not so much. We all appreciate people we can depend on. They do what they say, when they say.
This is the kind of God we serve.
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19, NIV)
While we are not perfectly dependable like God, with his help, we his people can become more and more like him in faithfulness.
I was once running the third leg of a 4x100 relay. I took off too early and my teammate could not hand me the baton until very late. By then we fell behind a few of the other teams. Our anchor leg tried his best, but he could not make up the ground we had lost.
One of my other teammates came up to me after the race and said, "when I saw you take off early, I almost wanted to cry." He was a really competitive person. I felt bad for my team. I felt bad that I had messed up that race for them.
Thankfully, when we mess up, there is grace and we can try again. But my goal was to be more prepared and work harder, not for my own glory, but for the sake of my teammates. I wanted to do it for them.
This is the kind of church I want us to build together. I don't want a church of individuals, each going their own way. I want a church that operates like a team. The mission of Jesus is too big and too important for us to tackle alone. It is one of those things that we can only fulfill if we work together.
My hope is that you will raise the level of your commitment to your church team in this exciting season of growth. Not only will you bless your brothers and sisters at Kardia, you yourself will be blessed with the satisfaction of contributing to a community that is rising together in the purposes of God.
God Almighty, I thank you so much for my church, Kardia. It is such a grace and privilege that you have called me to be a vital part of this church community in this season. I believe you are calling us to grow and be a huge blessing to the world in the name of Jesus. I realize that we won't reach our goal unless each of us work together as a team. I recognize that I am an important part of what you want to do in the next year.
Show me how you want me to contribute. Show me where you want me to raise my level of commitment. Show me my unique design and role in this church. Then give me the courage, faith, love, energy and resources to fulfill my role.
I pray for all my teammates, everyone called to be a part of Kardia in this season. I pray for all of them, that you would inspire them to raise their level of commitment as well. Work in their hearts that they would develop a real love for their brothers and sisters, and that this love would motivate them to be dependable, to hold to their word and their vows. Help each of us to contribute through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
Bless us with unity in the Holy Spirit. Bless us with an abundance in every area of our lives. Bless us to be a blessing.
In Jesus' name, Amen.