What does the bible say about working together? God wants us to work together, as is displayed within the following 10 inspirational devotions and passages from the bible about teamwork.
• Ecclesiastes 4:9 •
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.”
When individuals work together, they can double their strength and get much more done as a team. They also reap the value of having worked in unison, thus creating harmony instead of disorder. Working as one people begins with the efforts of each person, as they work with another person.
• Proverbs 27:17•
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
A team has checks and balances, one person watches the other one’s back. They help them if they falter or lose sight of the goal, just like in friendship. A good friend isn’t someone who always agrees with you, what you do, or what you say. A real friend is someone that is willing to challenge you, to be better as a person. A team player encourages his fellow team mates to be better players. Teamwork and friendship both work in very similar ways.
• 1 Peter 4:10 •
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Each person has something unique and special to offer as a human being, so we must recognize the many gifts that have been created through God’s love, together our team has many options and great things to share with one another.
• Ephesians 4:11 •
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”
Just like the many cultures and peoples of the world have their great minds, speakers and teachers. So does each team have great players, some destined to greatness and some that will be leaders taking their team to high places. Teamwork relies on everyone knowing the position and fulfilling it.
• Ephesians 4:32 •
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Teamwork also requires that we have unconditional expectations upon ourselves, because we have faith in God’s love. Teams build upon a foundation of truth and love, so that they can achieve excellence. This loving truth is sustained by the forgiveness of God. So we must follow God’s example and forgive one another.
• 3 John 1:8•
“We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.”
Our goal as a team is to emulate God’s example. As team players, we should aspire to be more like God, so we can inspire others to seek the truth and love. This expands the ranks of teamwork throughout all human beings and the world we live in.
• Romans 15:5 •
“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.”
Once we learn to love one another, we must remember to consider the various positions we have been in as a team player. When we see someone in a similar position, it is our duty to be patient with them and put ourselves in their shoes. This is another great lesson of how teamwork builds character and spiritual maturity.
• Hebrews 10:24 •
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”
Teamwork and encouragement go hand in hand. This is so simple, but a profound lesson within the Bible.
• 1 Corinthians 1:10•
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
This is a scriptural instruction to recognize that we are all part of the body of Christ. We maybe single people within the vast world, but all of us are part of the greater whole. We share in the world that is made from God’s love, thus we also share the same heart, faith and sit in the same places, when we judge one another or come together as a team.
• 1 Corinthians 12:14•
“For the body is not one member, but many.”
In essence, this is the simplest and clearest statement about teamwork in the Bible. The body of Christ, or the people that are the whole of humanity, are a team. The body is not supported by one person, but by all of us. We are one, we are strongest working together in unity. Teamwork is the key to living life in harmony, so that we can do God’s will.