Team or Teamwork, Part 2

30 06 2010

In the first post, we established that we need teamwork, not just a team. What are some of the characteristics of teamwork? It is no surprise that most of the biblical characteristics focus on how we think.

In I Corinthians 12:21, Paul writes that in the body of Christ “the eye cannot say to the hand ‘I have no need of you’; or again the head to the feet ‘I have no need of you.'” This is a principle of mutual respect, not because we all deserve the respect of others, but because we believe that “God has composed the body” (v.24). If He composed the body the way He wanted it, then I certainly should demonstrate great respect for the other parts.

I’m certain to foul up the teamwork if I think: “I am the only one who can do this the right way,” or: “I’m the only one who truly understands the situation.” That kind of thinking breeds isolation, competition, and jealousy.

Here’s the kind of thinking that breeds teamwork: “The members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary” (v.22). Note again that this right thinking about others is rooted in right thinking about God: each part of the body is necessary because of what God has done. He made us mutually dependent on purpose: “so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another” (v.25).

So here we have one of the foundational principles for teamwork: God-centered mutual respect. More in the next post.


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