Dream Team or Lone Ranger?
Highlighted SFC Value: B.R.I.D.G.E.
“Doing” – We selflessly demonstrate our love for Jesus by putting others ahead of ourselves and serving one another, the local communities we live in, and the entire snowriding culture. Matthew 5:16
Applicable SFC Brah-verb: Brahverb #10
“Dude, SFC USA for life, bro! But I’m moving to Cali next week….” Have a committed team. Be sure to communicate expectations of commitment.
While on a mission trip in Cambodia, I met a man. Let’s call him Ken. Ken and I sat with the leader of our team at a hotel restaurant in that evening mood-lighting that fancier restaurants are notorious for. The crystal glasses sparkled, and as a young 19-year old hillbilly, I remember feeling intimidated by the two extra forks beside my plate. Moreso, however, I remember as a wannabe missionary, I was enamored with Ken and his passion for seeing people miraculously healed.
Ken spoke very passionately about his history of seeing people miraculously healed. His stories were those of power. In one story Ken said God told him to punch an elderly gentleman in the stomach to cure him of a history of stomach ailments. He did and the man was healed. I couldn’t believe it!
Later that evening, Ken began lambasting the Church for its failed efforts around the world. The mission team we were on had plans to go to several villages and take part in manual labor, ministering to people through prayer and inviting the community to a revival service to be held at the local church later that week. Ken said he would have no part of it unless it was done HIS way. He had his agenda and refused to be a Team Player.
I remember being so frustrated. Why wouldn’t Ken join us? If he had such a heart for Jesus, why did he refuse to work with US, fellow members of Christ’s Body with intentions to minister to the community? That week, our team partnered with the local church and ended up seeing many people healed and come to Jesus. It was incredible! Why would Ken refuse to take part in the efforts of the whole team? No one from our team or from the local church heard from Ken again after that. I don’t know where Ken ended up, but after watching his grand display of immaturity and stubbornness, it caused me to question the truth of his earlier claims and left me feeling very sad for him.
On that trip I learned the power of working as a team. I learned that when we choose to be a Lone Ranger, we can hurt the mission of the entire team, and we risk missing out on opportunities to be the light of Jesus to others.
Application for SHRED LIFE:
The “Shred Nation” is considerably small, and there are even fewer of us who love Jesus within this culture. The small, New Testament church was constantly being attacked by members who were causing dissension through false teachings. The disciples spoke harsh words against those causing this division. It is very important for us as members of the Body of Christ (and especially as the limited number of Believers in our shred communities) to continue loving each other and working together to be the light of Jesus to our shred communities!
Look up these scriptures: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
ASK: How are we working towards partnering with the churches in our shred community? How can we avoid looking at other churches or other Christians with an “us versus them” perspective? Do we know other Believers that we might be able to make amends with?