If you have ever watched the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia or even the Tour of California, you’ll notice quickly that professional cycling revolves exclusively around team work. Lance Armstrong, as good as he is, could never have competed by himself. Why? Because each team member plays an important role, that without them, the team has no chance.
In a professional race every rider is there for a reason. Some will lead a breakout, some will pull up a mountain, some will win a sprint. Everyone has a role to play. But the guy who I admire most is the one who pulls with all that he has, gives every thing he’s got –to the point of utter exhaustion– just so the leader can jump out on a 200 yard sprint to the end and win.
Next time a race is on TV watch the final mile and you’ll see rider after rider pull with everything in them and then move aside so another rider can do it, then another, then another. But if you watch these riders after they pull aside, they are done, there is nothing left in the tank. Why? Because they understand a very important principal in cycling as well as life: The team is more important than the individual.
That’s it. You see, when Lance Armstrong won it wasn’t just him, it was the entire Discovery Team that won. Last year, when Carlos Sastre won, the entire team won.
In our churches, if we could grasp that concept, imagine the possibilities. Imagine a church where everyone understood they played a role. Imagine a church where the janitor realized he was as vital as the worship leader. Imagine a church where the pastor and elder and Sunday school teacher all knew that without the other, something is missing. In cycling, the team comes first. In a local church congregation, we have to get out of the “me” mentality and realize that the church body comes before the individual.
So whatever role you play, be it worship leader or greeter or the one who pours the communion juice into those little cups, you are vital to the expansion of the Kingdom of God.
Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
Jesus is the head of the church. He is the one who is magnified and He is the one we lift up and celebrate, but as a congregation, if we could lift up His name as ONE BODY, the possibilities are endless.