'Be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.' 1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT
People have different ideas, personalities and ways of getting things done. But we're called to work together. Paul wrote to the church, saying: 'Some members of Chloe's household have told me about your quarrels' (1 Corinthians 1:11 NLT). Then he went on to say, 'Live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions...Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose' (1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT). This advice applies to us today. The Bible tells us that we're all a part of the body of Christ, with different roles, and when we all work together we function well (see 1 Corinthians 12).
So, to successfully work alongside others, we need to stop striving for our own individual goals. When a mistake is made, we need to refuse to start the blame game. When someone hurts us, we need to forgive and not allow bitterness to take root. Instead of criticising, we can build others up with our words, and offer praise and help when they're struggling.
By working together, we bring God's Kingdom to earth. We can help each other when we're struggling and use our gifts to work for something bigger than we could on our own. When we work together, we can achieve so much more.
So what now? Think about those you work alongside, either in a job or serving in church. Write down the different gifts and skills you all bring. Then tell them you appreciate what they bring to the team.
Soulfood: Acts 8-9 Matt 8:28-34 Ps 118:10-18 Pro 15:31-32,