Becoming a Jesus follower automatically puts you in God's family – with instant brothers and sisters on the same path of discipleship. We've been selected to be on the Team.
Are you a team player? Patrick Lencioni suggests there are three key virtues that make the ideal – humble, hungry and smart. Not surprisingly, these are front and centre when we look at what the Bible says about being God's people.
What does humility look like for us? In Philippians, Jesus is described as demonstrating perfect humility, by refusing to grasp at His rightful position, but rather choosing to serve. It was in knowing precisely who he was, that he could demonstrate humility. It looks like respecting the way others are made and treating them with dignity. It looks like choosing to serve, not because it gains us brownie points, but because it brings good for others. It means assessing our faith realistically and living from a place of grace, knowing that we have so much more to learn. Humility is a hallmark of Spirit-filled living.
Hunger is essential for discipleship in the kingdom of God. We are called to be Jesus' disciples. That means living as a trainee or apprentice. We're called to pursue perfection together with the knowledge that someday everything will actually be made right and good when Jesus returns. Really, truly! Run the race set before you! We need to take responsibility for our own relationship with God, and make this the centre of our life. When we do that, when we live in the knowledge of His great love for us, we become highly motivated to be like Him.
We are also called to pursue the highest ideals, knowing that we are completely and utterly loved even when we stuff up. The ideals of God's Kingdom are summed up in one word – Love. Being smart in this case is not about knowing heaps of information. It's about being great at loving people. About being able to look at and listen to those around us and respond graciously.
When we have these three 'virtues' – humility, hunger, and love, we are well on our way to playing well with others! Which of these are you good at? What is your weakness? Do you value your rights and your ways so much that you get annoyed or impatient? Or perhaps you're a bit too relaxed when it comes to pursuing your relationship with God and living His ways? Or maybe your drive to achieve leads you to run roughshod over others? Whatever it is, you know Jesus has you covered! But He wants you to grow to become a great team player in His Team.