The Cleveland Cavaliers just won their first championship – ever!
And this championship is historic for several other reasons. The Cavs are also the first team in NBA finals history to overcome a 3 games to 1 deficit, they beat the team with the best record ever in the NBA, and they won game 7 in their opponent’s home arena, which almost never happens.
It wasn’t easy. The Cavs were the underdog all along and most experts gave them little or no chance of winning. But they believed they could win. In fact, Cavs fans in the city of Cleveland chose a great description for their city: Believeland.
Besides belief that they could win, it took discipline, determination, teamwork, courage and character. It required both individual excellence and excellent teamwork. There is great individual talent on this team, and it was necessary for the win. The individual players honed their exceptional natural gifts and talents by hard work and practice. But there are 14 guys on the team and each one was an important part of the whole. Great teamwork was as necessary as individual skill.
Players and coaches talk a lot about trust. Teammates must trust each other to win. Individual stars had to pass the basketball to their teammates, confident in the coordinated effort on all their parts, because they had to work well as a team in order to win. And these guys did. And when the final buzzer sounded they had delivered a championship to a city that, for a very long time, has felt like a loser.
The Cavs team adopted a motto the past couple years says it so well: “All in.” The Cavs won because they were all in – both as individuals and as a team.
Are we “all in” in our personal lives and also in our roles as team members in the body of Christ?
Are we “all in” for Jesus?
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Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. ~1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT