MVP: Andre Iguodala

Posted: June 22, 2015 in thought to ponder
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Imagine having eight fruitless years.

Imagine that for years, you were the star and suddenly the coach tells you it’s time to take the backseat, be on the bench, and let the younger players take the spotlight.

This is the story of Andre Iguodala. He was given the MVP honors for the NBA finals. While some people were asking why it wasn’t LeBron James, or Stephen Curry, I think if we understood what was happening behind the scenes, we would know that indeed, Iguodala deserved the MVP.

As I read through the stories in the recent NBA finals, I was more or less thinking about Andre Iguodala. He knew when to step up, and he knew when it was time to take the backseat.

He reminds me so much of Ephesians 4:16…

from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

In church, there are a lot of superstars instead of servants. So many leaders instead of followers. But when we realize that our call also meant learning to follow, learning to yield, I think we can grow a lot.

When each part is working properly meant when we know when we are to serve, and when to allow others to step up, when we allow ourselves to be used by God in any way, including cleaning the comfort rooms, or arranging chairs, or simply following people up through facebook or through text/calls.

It’s not just about being seen in front. Of being the presider, or being with the worship team. It’s also about learning how to work through the routine, the mundane, the day to day task of building each other up.

Look at that…the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

The motivation for serving isn’t really to have accolades, but love.

It is my prayer that the church will have men like Andre Iguodala. Men willing to set aside their egos for the good of the kingdom.

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