by Keith Bellamy
Any athletic event requires teamwork. If a team does not work together and stay together it will in all likelihood not be successful. I believe this is true in the church, also.
Let's notice some passages that will help us understand our topic. "Do all things without grumbling or disputing" (Phil. 2:14). "Do nothing from selfish or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others" (Phil 2:3,4). "But now there-are many members, but one body.... there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another" (1 Cor. 12:20, 25).
The Corinthian church was an example of one that was very confused and divided. What Paul is stressing is teamwork. We must continue to get along, cooperate and share with one another. The chapter on love, in 1 Corinthians 13 confirms this, also. Love Never Fails!
Jesus said it this way in John 13:34,35. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another, by this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." And again, in John 15:12 He said, "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you."
Sadly, from time to time, I have seen these admonitions and instructions not practiced by my brethren. There are undoubtedly times when I have failed to practice what I am saying about teamwork, too. When we treat one another as we should…as Jesus would have us do…things will go better with the church and with our relationship with each other.
Teamwork is so very important!
Sometimes I feel that we adults are much like little children when it comes to our attitudes. For instance, have we ever said concerning the church that if they don't do it the way I want it, I'll just go somewhere else!? Do we act like little children at times? I have heard of and have known individuals that will go so far as holding back their contribution because of some decision made by the church leaders. Doesn't this remind us of a little child that runs home with the ball because he didn't get his way? Do we need to repent?
It has been said that in any congregation that about 3% do the work and the giving. (Where is Woodville in that respect?) However, the church needs team players! It needs people who will get along, that love each other more than self. It needs people who are willing to sacrifice. And this sacrifice includes time and money.
What it all boils down to; is what is most important in my life? Better yet,does Jesus come first? After all, He is the head of the church. He has given His orders.
Many times, churches get into trouble because they have failed to apply the teachings of Christ. Remember the words of Paul —"LOVE NEVER FAILS!”