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How many times have we heard that there is no I in team? Yet, a team without an “I,” a leader, is no more effective than a leader without a team.

When God began the earthly church as we know it today, He assembled a team of about a hundred and twenty believers. He had them on hold, waiting for the proper time to begin their work. They were a strong team, many of whom had walked and talked with Jesus on this earth.

“When the Day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what appeared to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (Acts 2:1-4).

God introduced His team to the world with a powerful display of His Holy Spirit. His timing was such that the town was crowded with people who were not followers of Jesus. God put the spotlight on His team and the crowd’s reaction ranged from confusion to ridicule.

It was in the midst of this scene that the Bible says, “Then, Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd” (Acts 2:14).

Peter, a part of this strong team that God had assembled was compelled to do something. Someone had to explain what was going on. Someone had to testify to this unbelieving crowd that this was of God. Peter was the “I” in team that day.

The “I” in team is the one who stands up and says, “I will do it. I will take responsibility. I want the ball. I’ll take the first step. I’ll lead.”

Baseball teams have a coach. Football teams have a quarterback. Churches have a pastor. Families have a dad. Every team needs an “I.”

Ezekiel 22:30 says, “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land, so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.”

Men, may that never be said of us. Instead, let us say as Isaiah did: “Here am I, send me” (Isaiah 6:8).

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