Unity, Teamwork, & a Possible Answer to Jesus' Prayer

April 4, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

From the Pastor

Imagine going to a symphony concert only to arrive and find that all 125 members of the symphony were demanding to play the violins. If they are not accommodated, they will play other instruments, but they will play off key and out of tempo.

Imagine going to a basketball game and finding all five players wanting to play center. If they cannot play center on the team, they will play, but they won't pass the ball to anyone else and they won't run the plays the proper way.

What about a football team where all eleven demand to play quarterback. If they cannot be the quarterback, they will suit up and play but they won't block the opposing lineman.

Consider a business where everyone wants to be the President and if they aren't made President they will only do inferior quality work.

Would you say these are illustrations of unity and teamwork? Not likely. If we observed such things we would recognize them for what they are, the height of selfishness and folly. No one would want to listen to the music or watch the sporting event or do business with such a company.

Teamwork and unity are essential in any endeavor. Jesus prayed that these elements would exist in His church. Read John 17:20-23. Paul expressed similar thoughts in Ephesians 4. There are words to describe churches where there is no teamwork, words like anemic, weak, and if the conditions persist, empty.

We must not take lightly our own individual responsibility in this crucial area. Because we have been in Wake Chapel a long or a short time doesn't exempt us from working as a team with a spirit of unity, harmony, and cooperation. The Bible says, "Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing. Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ..." (Philippians 2:3-5a - TLB).

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