iStock_000002069866_SmallIn America, we are fascinated with teams.

I used to think fall weekends were about one thing – football. Maybe they are, but after suffering through three mediocre seasons with the Dallas Cowboys my thinking changed. Come fall, it’s not only football we love, it’s team. Coaches and players, winning and losing, ego and humility all wrapped around a mission to win. Football, really, is just a soap opera disguised for guys.

This notion has long been debated in my house. How can you be that into this? – Deborah has asked on more than one occasion. Football is not only about the game, though, it is about the jersey, food, friends, other fans – pilgrimages are made to stadiums far and wide to gather with others invested in this same story. There is a bond here too, a real fan is always a real fan and no matter what you never, ever quit on your team…ever.

The bond of team, Jesus understood. There is something holy about people working together who are commited to a mission. Work with some folks on an impossible goal and you will remember those folks forever. People commited to the extraordinary remember each other.

Consider the following story, many think of it as the birth of the church.

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. – Luke 10:1

Jesus sends out his followers in twos in order to work as a type of advance team. Jesus is going to visit each place these thirty-six teams go, but those sent out will get there first. Why would Jesus work this way?

Maybe for a couple of reasons…

First, Jesus always intended for his followers to work the mission. Kingdom Christianity means we work with Jesus. Second, Jesus knew the effect the sending would have on the two. Look at what the teams say when they get back to Jesus;

The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” – Luke 10:17

They went out – in His name – and won. The record does not tell us exactly what they did. We do not know the exact numbers of prayers said, wonders worked, or miracles witnessed. We do know, however, the most important pice of information…

Jesus working through a team rocked. It rocked then and it rocks now. Now find someone and get out there!


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