“But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”—John 5:17
Jesus Christ is our great example. In this verse, He tells us how we work together with the Father to accomplish His will. He does His part; we do our part.
As laborers together with God, we are on the same team and understand that if the team wins, we win.
What does it take then to be a team player?
1. A Team Player Values the Good of the Team above His Own
- A team has a mission—it has values, principles, and goals it establishes as avenues to fulfill that mission.
- A team player believes that as long as the mission is being accomplished, no sacrifice is too great—he refuses to quit.
2. A Team Player Is Willing to Do His Part
- A team player is a giver, not a taker. He asks, “What can I do to help my team?” instead of “What can my team do to help me?”
- A team player appreciates the opportunity to serve and the investment being made in him.
- A team player is always working to improve.
- A team player compares his achievements with his goals, not with those of other people.
3. A Team Player Follows Instructions
- A team player understands the principles of responsibility and accountability, as well as the benefits of decisive leadership.
- A team player trusts the leader’s commitment and dedication to put the team’s needs above his own.
- A team player responds without hesitation and without trying to deflect or redirect the instructions given.
- Team players point others to the leader and stir them to follow his lead.
“By him all things consist” (are held together)—Colossians 1:17
Only Jesus Christ can hold our team together. May we look to Him, die to self, and win the rewards of accomplishing the mission He has given us.