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Hi, I’m Cody Sandahl.
I grew up watching Michael Jordan play basketball, and he did it possibly better than anyone else who has ever lived. But he wasn’t known for being a great team player. He thought that it was best for the team if he scored all the points. And, to be fair, he got six championships out of that, so who am I to argue.
But one of his coaches certainly argued that point with him. After Jordan engineered a remarkable comeback victory, the coach told him, “There’s no ‘I’ in team.” Jordan responded, “There’s not, but there’s an ‘I’ in win!”
That “me-first” attitude worked for Jordan in basketball, but it wouldn’t get a passing grade from Ephesians 5. This chapter is basically setting out what it’s like to be on Jesus’ team.
We see that it’s not a free-for-all. There are some expectations of being on Jesus’ team. Expectations about how we handle our sexuality, our words, our relationships, our attitudes. And then Paul goes on to talk about expectations in marriage.
The biggest point for all these teams, including marriage, is that we are to be “Jesus first,” “you second,” and “I’m third.” Not exactly the Michael Jordan mindset. But then again, we don’t need to get the win – Jesus already won.
As you read chapter five, think about what kind of teammate you are as you suit up for Team Jesus. Enjoy chapter five.