[CF Devotionals] 2009-04-05 - Teamwork

What kind of team member are you? Do you always insist on “getting credit” for what you do? Some years ago, when I was in a Social Work course, all students received a group grade for a project. I admit that I was quite troubled by this, because I’m one of those “Type A” students, who never procrastinates, gives my best and usually earns As. But as most of you know, some students aren’t like that at all. Some admit to doing as little as they can to get by; others wait till the last minute to start on a project, which renders them unable to do their best – and their team members are hampered as well. Others won’t do anything at all, leaving the work to their fellow team members. That story ended happily, with all earning As. But all in all, I find such situations frustrating, and would rather just do all the work myself, than for work to not represent our best efforts!

And there’s some Biblical precedent to this, for in Colossians, Paul instructs us to give our best to all we do, as we are doing it for God. However, Paul also teaches us to “look unto the interests of others as to our own,” and Christ reprimands those who seek glory for themselves.

Ideally, teamwork should be seamless, with each doing his part, but melding together to do God's work . I recently played the piano during a church service. All hymns are played as duets with the organ. At one point, I heard a blunder, and the organ and piano were so well-blended, that to this day, I can’t tell you whether the mistake was mine or the organist’s! But I thought, “now that is true teamwork!” Our efforts blended together as one, and that’s what we should strive for in our Christian work.

Ephesians 4:12-13 …to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (NIV)


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