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March 4, 1994

Building Your Team

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If the LORD had not been on our side . . . PSALM 124:1
Team building is a key skill for business today. Employers are looking far and wide to acquire people who understand how to harness a unique and talented group of people and lead them to accomplish great things, people who know how to motivate, recruit, and lead. And when they find them, they pay big salaries to get them and keep them.
If you manage or run a business, you understand the value of great people on your team. They are worth their weight in gold. Once you find them, you will do whatever is necessary to keep them. They are the keys to your success.
But what about your team for the rest of your life? This is your life team, the people around you who keep you on firm footing and headed in the right direction: your spouse, family, closest friends, advisers, and colleagues. They are invaluable to you. They help you in success and failure, celebrating and correcting, laughter and tears. You could not make it without them.
But if those are the only members of your team, then you have fallen short.
“If the LORD had not been on our side . .. ,” the psalmist declares. The rest is obvious. If the Lord had not been on our side, then He would be on the other side. Against us. Opposing us the way He opposes the proud. The very idea should make us shudder and drive us to our knees. And yet even the idea of having God on our side falls short. Again, way short.
In reality, it is not God Who has signed on to our team for the salary of our faith in Him and the bonus of our occasional worship and devotion. Quite the contrary; we are on His side. Not only that, He recruited us when we were too blind and dumb to understand what a good deal we were getting. He vouched for us when we had nothing to offer. He gave us gifts we didn’t work for. And He overpaid us lavishly—with His very life.
Yes, the team that is being built is His. The talents we possess are from Him. And the victories we enjoy as our own are in reality His. Let’s hold loosely to what seems to be ours and worship Him fully for what we know to be His.

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