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  • Jill Jarrell Newsome

We Is Greater Than Me

A friend of mine was talking about how he used to be in a quartet. He said none of them had the best voices but because they learned to listen to each other they sounded good. I am sure the same is true with a choir. I am sure there is a Barney Fife, who can't sing, in a lot of choirs but when the whole choir sings, they sound great! It is all about team work!

The Kingdom of God is all about team – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The first examples of teamwork found in the Bible are in the opening chapter of Genesis. The Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are working together at creation. Each had a part to fill in the creation of the world; each One had a defined job to perform. I know God expects us to help each other and share work loads. 1 Corinthians 12: 14, "Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many." This is the clearest statement about teamwork in the bible. The body of Christ are a team. It is not supported by one person but by all of us. Because we are one, we are strongest, working in unity.

The body is not supported by one person but by all of us. We are strongest when working together. The first scripture that comes to mind is 1 Corinthians 12: 20-25, "As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I don’t need you!' And the head cannot say to the feet, 'I don’t need you!'  On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,  and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other."

We should be emulating Jesus' example. When others see us working together, we can inspire them to seek the truth. We are made to need God and each other. No one has all the skills, gifts, wisdom, etc to have a successful life. We are told to use the gifts we receive to serve one another with kindness, respect, and appreciation. Ephesians 4: 16, "From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

Ecclesiastes 4: 9, "Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor." When people work together, they can double their strength and get much more done. Working in unity begins with the efforts of each person. Teamwork takes incredible power. It may be simple but not easy to work with others. When a task involves people it can get messy. Not everyone can be the chief and often times there are different ways to do things. Teamwork requires trust in each other. Teamwork means celebrating others and not getting the credit yourself. But at the end of the day, teamwork gets more accomplished and it pleases God when His children work together. Remember, we is always greater than me, but it involves sacrifice.

Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."


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