Lebron James can’t even hold a candle to Michael Jordan! There should be absolutely no question who the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) is. If you actually think Lebron James deserves that title over MJ, then I’m not sure we can be friends, and…I’m not kidding! I could take the next hour of your time to defend my reasoning, but I know most of you would stop within the first thirty seconds. But let me at least make my case on one point that is extremely relevant to today’s thought. You can try to argue against this point, but you’d be wrong. Lebron James is one of the greatest individual basketball athletes ever. He might be the greatest basketball athlete ever. He’s taller and bigger than MJ. But when it comes to how Lebron plays the game versus how Jordan played the game, one thing becomes obvious. Lebron needs other great players to make himself good while Jordan took average players and made them incredible players when they played on his team. Jordan had this amazing ability to make those around him better. He challenged them, grew them, pushed them and helped them own their skills and abilities. It’s stunning to think back on the players that Jordan had around him when they won all those championships. There were a couple of greats, but most weren’t great until they got on Jordan’s team.
This ties directly into how we should be leading the teams and groups God has entrusted into our leadership. We have the ability to use our leadership to elevate ourselves and our own prowess, or we can choose to use our leadership to make those on our team better, to help them become everything God designed them to be. I love how the Apostle Paul is always talking about how we are better together. We are the body of Christ. None of us is the ultimate Christian with the ultimate Christian skills. Rather, we all have roles to play within the body: “4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” (Romans 12:4-6). Paul then goes on to talk about each of us having different primary strengths, which helps each of us understand the roles we will find fulfillment in the most. What if we saw our leadership roles as helping people understand their gifting and then challenging them to use their gifts and cheering them on when they do? What if we saw our purpose as much more then making sure they not only knew what to do and when to do it, but we helped them understand how God uniquely designed them to fulfill the purpose for which they were created? What if we helped them become the amazing creations God designed them to be?
For me, and I think God too, that would be the way for each of us to become the GOAT! Although I’m not sure that should be our goal, but it at least gets us heading in the right direction. I’d love for you to take some time the next couple of weeks and work through the following questions and see if God reveals some ways you can help your team be everything God created them to be.
- What is God’s dream for this group of people?
- What do I have to offer my team? What does my team need that I can’t provide?
- What is keeping me from leading this team at the next level?
- What will this look like if it goes well?