What does the Bible say about Teamwork?

Teamwork is the collective effort of a group of persons who work efficiently to accomplish a set goal.

Teamwork is more than simply working together. Teamwork involves a unified group focusing mainly on the task at hand and getting that task done efficiently.

One of the challeges that should be overcome when different personalities work together, is not allowing different skillsets, attitudes and viewpoints to get in the way of the desired goal. Each person on the team must make compromises in order to attain the desired goal.

The smallest team consists of 2 persons as in a marriage. A wife and husband team working together for the good of the family is comparable to a pilot and co-pilot guiding a plane while following the same set of rules and standards.

There are many Bible verses that apply directly and indirectly to teamwork. Two of the more popular teamwork verses are:

“For just as we have in one body many members, but the members do not all have the same function, so we, although many, are one body in union with Christ, but members belonging individually to one another.” – Romans 12:4,5

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their hard work. For if one of them should fall, the other one can raise his partner up. But how will it be with just the one who falls when there is not another to raise him up?” – Ecclesiastes 4:9,10

Proverbs 6:6-8 refers to the hard-working ants. This Bible passage is often used to encourage industriousness. However a keen observation of the ants clearly gives us a case study in efficient teamwork:

“Go to the ant, you lazy one; see its ways and become wise. Although it has no commander, officer or ruler, it prepares its food even in the summer; it has gathered its food supplies even in the harvest.”

A pattern was set in the Garden of Eden when Eve was brought to Adam, after which these words were uttered “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24

A successful family and any other team, is a result of mutual respect, coorperation, diligence and a sincere desire to reach the goals set by the family/team.

©Jonathan Oct. 9, 2010

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