“God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you.” Psalm 67.3
This weekend I go away to learn and experience more about teamwork. I consider myself a good to excellent team player, primarily because I understand my strengths, weaknesses, and limitations. I carry the normal blind spots we all share about ourselves, however I know my blindness is there!
David knew all about teamwork. He understood where his abilities ended and God’s began. He found, through painful life lessons, that he owned specific tasks. The difficulties for David, and me, come when we forget the difference between our role and God’s.
God knows all about teamwork. God defined the game, set out the rules, and knew where the challenge would come. Evil took on this challenge. Evil continues to wage a battle against God and anyone who calls him friend. In many ways, our sole purpose in life is to decide which team we want to join. God lays out very specifically what role we play if we join his side. Evil talks a good game, but he somehow clouds our role and the game’s outcome in hype and promise.
Which team makes sense for you? Have you examined just what role you have? Do you know what your primary task is and will be?
God gives us a specific description of his role. He takes on the hard work, he makes all the sacrifices, and he will always choose us for his side no matter how many times we think we want to change sides. God unconditionally takes us on, does not care how good we are when we join, and is absolutely committed to winning!
Our role is equally clear. Spend all your time getting to know God. Plan parties for God. Enjoy the most life can and will offer. Help those around you in their journey.
It appears that the game and our tasks are clear and simple. One minor problem, we forget our tasks and want to take on God’s role. Come join me on God’s side.