"Give me a T!"
"Give me an E!"
"Give me an A!"
"Give me an M!"
"What's that spell?"
When it comes to serving God, we need to work with other believers. We need to be a team. We need teamwork. In the dictionary, teamwork is defined as a cooperative effort put forth by a group of people who band together to work for a common cause. For believers, our common cause is to glorify God through our service to Him. Our service to God is done by serving others, both believers and non-believers, and we can do that best when we work together as a team.
God's Word supplies plenty of reasons for us to work as a team. In Ecclesiastes, we read that two (or more!) are better than one. Why? Because they can get far more done than one person alone (Ecclesiastes 4:9). When we do God's work as a team we can accomplish far more for His kingdom than we can as individuals. In 1 Corinthians, we learn that we are all individual parts of the same body (1 Corinthians 12:12). We all have different gifts and talents that we bring to that body--that team. Through the Holy Spirit, God has supplied us with those gifts and abilities as He sees fit. No one possesses all of the gifts and talents needed to serve others as we serve God. The gifts and abilities we have been given were intended to be used together as a team.
We are all co-workers in the service of God (1 Corinthians 3:9). On the night before He died for us, Jesus prayed for all believers. He prayed that we would be brought together in unity. He wanted us to work together as a team, united in doing God's work, so that those around us would see through our unity that Jesus was sent by God and that God loves us all just as God loves Jesus (John 17:23). Let's always remember that, when we work as a team in the unity that God desires, His joy will be made complete (Philippians 2:2).