"1) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2) Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
"14) Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15) Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
No matter what you do you are a part of a team, something that works together to accomplish a goal. The funny thing about being a part of a team is that depending on how the team operates or performs directly relates to the level of success that is obtain by the individuals or members of the team.
As members of the body of Christ, a part of Team Christ, we are required to produce much fruit; we are required to be successful; we represent the Kingdom of God. In order to be successful we have to continuously do “Roster Checks” to make sure that we have everything we need and to make sure what is there still belongs. Just as the scripture tells us God does.
If a sports team has had consecutive losing seasons; the CEO or owner of that team looks to management to find out why. Management begins to look at the roster and analyze who need to stay and who need to go. The CEO pressures them to search relentlessly for ways to rectify the situation. The CEO's success as the leader is perceived by the performance of the team that is employed. It is entrusted to the management team to ensure that success is reflected by making the necessary “Roster Changes” as needed.
If a Fortune 500 company is no longer producing the projected numbers. The CEO turns to the management team of the company to get the company back on track. Management looks and sees what is still working for the company and what needs to be changed. They analyze what policies or procedures need to be changed, put in place, or removed. Once again, the reflection of the CEO is directly affected by the team that is in place.
If the management team cannot handle their responsibility; the CEO looks to move or do a “roster change” of the management team.
The Kingdom of God is an organization and God is the CEO and he has chosen us, the members of the body of Christ as his management team! It is up to make sure that the world sees the Kingdom of God flourishing in every fashion. God will not allow Him or His Kingdom reflected as anything short of successful.
(Part 2 coming soon; the three ways to make a Roster Change. You do not want to miss the conclusion of this illumination)
Be blessed and as always BE ENCOURAGED!!!