Teamwork can be a beautiful thing. When a team is working right, everything seems to click. Team members know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and work to emphasize each one’s strength and protect against the weaknesses. If one member of the team is having a bad day, another one will pick up the slack. When a team is working right, it is a beautiful thing to watch. Sometimes, though, teams don’t work together. Even if it’s just two people that aren’t playing as part of the team, things seem disjointed and out of synch.
The Church is God’s team, and each individual church is a small part of that larger team. If God’s work is going to get done, it will get done when we work together as a team. “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:22-23) We are called to work together in unity. Jesus prayed for that because He knew that if we were divided, it would affect God’s work in a bad way.
Unfortunately, we have some in God’s kingdom who can’t seem to work with other followers of Jesus like they should. Perhaps they admire another team over their own. Perhaps they have forgotten that the focus of our work needs to be on Jesus, not on building our own little fiefdoms. Perhaps they think that because the other guy plays another position, they aren’t important enough to work with. Our call is not to make ourselves great, but to glorify God and exalt Him in the world. We can’t do that well if we are worrying about making sure that others know how great we are.
On Sunday, most followers of Christ gather to worship. Even in the local churches we have problems with teamwork. It is time for followers of Jesus to unite behind the banner of Jesus. Oh, we may have different positions: Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, Methodist, etc. We may speak different languages. Our responsibility, though, is to unite as a team and do the work God has called us to do because He loved us. Today, be a part of God’s team and sow the world how much God loves them.
Lord, You prayed for us to be united and instead of listening to You, we want to be considered the stars. Remind us that You are the star and our job is to be united and exalt You.