1. Ecclesiastes 4:12 tells us that a relationship that includes God is like a cord or rope. A cord with three strands will have more strength than a cord with only one or two strands. You can think of these three strands as God, others, and yourself. When you work as a team, it is best to put your priorities in this order: God’s goals first, the needs of others second, and your own priorities third. How would this kind of teamwork look at home, at school, or at church?
2. In 1 Corinthians 12:4-27, Paul describes how each person has a different gift from the Holy Spirit and a different job to do. But all of these different gifts and jobs work together toward the common goal of building God’s kingdom. All gifts and jobs are important and needed. What are some of the jobs that people in your church do? Think about how they work together as you listen to today’s episode.
“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”
When the people of Israel came back from exile in Babylon, they found their city of Jerusalem in ruins. The first thing they needed to do was to rebuild the wall around their city to keep them safe. Nehemiah organized the Israelites to work together. Each family took a section of the wall to rebuild (Nehemiah 3). With everyone doing his or her part toward the common goal, Nehemiah 6:15 says that the whole project only took fifty-two days!
When you are a part of team, are you making the work easier or harder for your teammates? There is a common proverb that says, “Many hands make light work.”
Are you putting the work of God and others first, or are you working so that people will say good things about your work?
Working together as a family, choose a job to do together. You could clear the table and do the dishes, pull weeds, clean a room in the house, or fold and put away laundry. What else can you come up with? How does the work change when people work together?
Serve your community by tackling a job at church. For example, you could put away chairs, clean up the fellowship hall, fold bulletins, or wash nursery toys. What else needs to be done?