Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
In the realm of sports or corporate world, we come across the word “teamwork.” We often hear players and coaches praising members of the team as team players. It’s a quality highly regarded because it is so valuable to the team effort. It is teamwork that enables common people to do uncommon things. The role of the church in the world is a team effort that requires the cooperation of all the members of the body of Christ. Jesus appointed some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:11-12).
To function as a team, it requires godly patience, like-mindedness like Jesus and have oneness in mind and mouth to glorify our Heavenly Father (Rom. 15:5-6). Nehemiah built the wall of the temple with the team effort of the Jewish people (Neh. 3) and the work was completed in just 52 days. There were discouragements, yet they succeeded in building the wall with God’s help. Two hands are always better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion (Eccl. 4:9-10).
Jesus began His ministry work with a small team of 12 disciples to whom He gave responsibilities (Mark 1:14-20; 3:13-19). The message of the gospel of Christ spread effectively with the team effort of first century Christians. 1 Cor. 3:6 says that Paul sowed the seed, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase of people in their ministry. Paul urged the Corinthians, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10). Are you working as part of a team for the expansion of God’s Kingdom?