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    Winning Teammates

    Winning Teammates November 1, 2021 Tom Linderman
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     “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” Psalm 133:1  

    Winning Teammates

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    Joshua and Caleb were two men who had lived through a lot!  After 40 years of wandering in the desert, they were now the patriarchs of the Promis Land.  They were the two oldest people and the two leaders that would guide the nation in concurring the land.

    Teamwork often results in victories that otherwise might not happen.  The Bible teaches that two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil” (Ecclesiastes 4:9).  

    I can remember watching the teamwork of Chicago Bulls, Michael Jorden, and Scottie Pippen as they helped bring victories to countless basketball games.  They had similar skills, although their personalities were very different.  Since they agreed on the goal, their differences seemed small and they could challenge each other to be the best teammate they could be.

    Perhaps Joshua and Caleb learned from watching Moses and Aaron to “major on the majors and minor on the minors.”  They too had a shared “major” view of God.  Now, Joshua and Caleb both agreed that God had called them to take possession of the land.  It didn’t matter that they may look like “grasshoppers” in the eyes of the enemy, they knew their God was bigger than anyone. Their like-mindedness in obeying God propelled them to victory after victory.  They were winning teammates!

    We can see others in the bible who worked as a team.  Daniel and his friends faced fiery trials and came out successful. David and Jonathan encouraged each other.  The disciples were together when Jesus introduced the New Covenant, and Paul worked alongside Barnabas to establish new churches.

    We all need to have friends around us who can agree on the “major” things in life.  Friends who will remind us of what matters most.  Joshua and Caleb were successful because they shared their belief in the presence and power of God.   It was both meaningful and powerful when Caleb said to Joshua “You know what the Lord said” (Joshua 14:6).  They were teammates that reminded each other what’s most important. 

    I encourage you to have some close-minded friends (not closed-minded) around you.  Sharing time with others that hold the same beliefs can build each other up.  Friends can remind each other of what the Lord has said, such as “Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).  “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8), and it’s always good to be reminded that Jesus said, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).

    May we all have a friend who will agree with us that faith is the victory and that God is good all the time.

    Lord, help me to build a team around me that loves you, loves people, and makes disciples who will follow you too!

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