Be a team player

'Diotrephes, who loves to be first.' 3 John 1:9 NIV

It's an old clich? but, you know when your coach harps on about there being 'No "I" in team"', well, he's right. Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is considered phenomenal at dribbling a ball, but if he was to face a whole team just by himself, he'd get nowhere. It doesn't matter how gifted he is, he still needs forwards to pass to, defenders to mop up mistakes, a keeper for a clean sheet - you get the picture.

It's the same with us. Our gifts and strengths fit in with other people's gifts and strengths. The last thing you want in a team is a 'prima donna' who refuses to work well with others. The early church knew all about that: 'But Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us...Not only does he refuse to welcome the travelling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church' (3 John 1:9-10 NLT). Diotrephes wasn't a team player. He wanted centre stage for himself. Self-appointed 'stars' are insecure; they can't get beyond themselves to work with others.

Don't be like Diotrephes; use your talent as part of a team. Get connected. You'll go much further with others than without them.

So what now? Think about the 'teams' you're part of: family, friends, sports team or church. Think about the goals each team has. How can you add your strengths to each team for a happier, more effective outcome?

Soulfood: Rev 10-14 Mt 21:18-32 Ps 136:1-12 Pro 6:30-31,

back to top