“Working as a Team”

“Working as a Team”

Wednesday, January 9.

 

  • Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
  • It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirt of his garments;
  • As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalms 133:1-3

Teams come in all shapes and sizes.  In his book, “Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork,” John Maxwell explains that, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Teamwork brings about success.  Maxwell points out that in a marriage, a man and his wife is a team.  In an organization, colleagues that work together form a team. In our daily walk, we are part of a team in some way. The question here this morning is not ‘Will you participate in something that involves others? The question is, ‘Will your involvement with others be successful?’ Another way one could ask this question is, ‘Will your involvement promote or hinder the team? If we are part of a team, will we be part of the problem the team is dealing with or will we be part of the solution?  King David in Psalms 133 agrees with Maxwell.

In the passage under consideration, David understood the importance of working together as a team with a common goal.  When David became King of Israel, it was a divided nation. Israel was not a unified kingdom.  The twelve tribes were not united because belonging to a tribe was more important than being an Israelite.  They were proud to belong to the tribe of Judah or Benjamin, or Reuben.  When David became king, his first order of business was to unify all the twelve tribes into one glorious and powerful kingdom.  Under David, Israel became a military and economic power.  Israel was to that period, what the great United States of America is today.  Israel became a superpower during the reign of David.  Israel became a golden age of great wealth, great prosperity, and great learning. Many scholars believed it was during David’s reign that scribes began to compile the Torah and the Books of Moses.  This is why the disciples asked Jesus in Acts 1, “Lord, will you at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?” They were asking Jesus about David’s kingdom.  The Kingdom of Israel during the rule of David was very successful because the people were united.  They worked as a team.

Memory verse: Acts 4:33

“Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living” Albert Einstein