One of my favourite things in scripture is the image of Jesus and the 12 disciples going about doing Kingdom business.
I just love the image of Jesus praying to the Father to get insight as to who to choose and then going around picking these men. Then the image of these men following and seeing Jesus at different occasions whether it’s a wedding, a temple meeting, with the mother-in-law, walking on the way from one place to another. These brothers on mission, witnessing how it’s done and then being equipped and commissioned to go and get the job done themselves in pairs. It’s a beautiful image for me to behold.
As you will gather if you check out this blog and it’s cousin over at the other place, I am into football. I’m into teamwork producing great results. I’m into different components put in their best positions to perform to their best in conjunction with others to be greater than they were on their own. Developing camaraderie, building team spirit, facing obstacles together, recovering from set-backs together, accomplishing great things together. I love all of that.
It’s a thought particularly triggered having recently watched the documentary on The Class of ’92 which is based on a group of footballers who came through the Manchester United youth system to the first team and claimed the historic treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League. (I imagine if you’re not into football you’d have switched off, but God still loves you.) Now I’m not a Manchester United fan, but I don’t have to be to enjoy a great story of how a group of lads who had specific skill-sets and personalities grew together under inspired management to produce greatness.
So much could be connected to the beauty of teamwork in beautiful Kingdom expressions. This year sees me celebrate ten years since I got involved in a team effort of its own in a different context that spurred on my desire to do community and see glorious Kingdom expressions emerge from it.
All to say, though, that this business of following Jesus is not a solo enterprise. It doesn’t work in solitude. It works in the context of being part of something bigger than you and being a part of a family, a team and a band of followers excited to see His Kingdom come and will done on earth as it is in heaven.
That’s something worth aspiring to for anyone who loves Jesus.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden