Last night I saw the Avengers movie for the first time (yea I know I’m really late with seeing it). I will not spoil the movie for anyone I will try and be vague in what i say towards actual scenes in the movie. As I began to have my spiritual discipline time this morning scenes from the movie were still teaming through my head. I surely thought that my time this morning was going to be ruined. However, God always has a plan even when you are thinking of something else as apposed to spending time with him. As the scenes played out I noticed an underlying the of teamwork and working with others. So to save my self I went to the Bible and looked up verses on teamwork. Now if you were to think of that topic off the top of you head you would probably come up with the Body of Christ passage found in 1 Corinthians 12. However, I didnt think that encapsulated the whole idea of team work I was looking for. Then I found the verse from Ecclesiastes 4 found above.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their hard work. 10 If either should fall, one can pick up the other. But how miserable are those who fall and don’t have a companion to help them up!
-Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (CEB)
I think that teamwork is such an important aspect to get anything accomplished in the church because if we do not work together nothing will get accomplished except for a bunch of bickering and arguing over things (I have heard stories). However if we work as a team and realize everything we do is for God’s glory we can get things accomplished. I never understood why people allowed their differences come between them when trying to accomplish a task that would better our work on earth for God. It would seem when you are working for God you should be able to put away your differences. Much like Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan we can’t disrespect based on how a person is different from us, but we must work with them because something needs to be done about whatever is being worked on.
The official definition of team work is “the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient.” Now the second part of the definition is more added as the definition of good teamwork. Imagine a watch and all the moving cogs that allow the watch to work. Its not very effective if the cogs are moving in opposite motion. If there are people working against a goal they are working against effective teamwork. Often times this opposition comes in terms of opposing views on the way things should be done. Now if you see something being done ineffectively it is often courtesy to bring up a point. However, effective teamwork would stipulate that argument over whether something is more effective or not does not bring you towards your goal.
So remember as you are at church to play well with others, and to not work against people, but to work with people for the Glory of God.