Learning To Play Together

[13] For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body--whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. [14] Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. [15] Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. [16] And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. [17] If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? [18] But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. [19] If they were all one part, where would the body be? [20] As it is, there are many parts, but one body. - 1Cr 12:13-20 NIV


I love those verses. It is a reminder to us, as believers, that we are not a “one man army. “ That each of us is gifted uniquely, and not only are individuals gifted uniquely, so are ministries and churches. One of the things I have noticed over the last few years, is the seemingly unwillingness of the body to work together as just that, The Body. I understand that each individual and organization submitted to God has a vision from the Lord, but I also I believe and understand that the Lord didn’t give them that particular vision just for themselves. That they were meant to work together to reach a larger picture.


The fact is, no one church, individual or ministry can do it all. We weren’t meant to. What we were meant to do was to partner with God, hear His voice and follow His leading, and sometimes, what we don’t realize is that leading is being given to work with others. Or as I call it, “learning to play nice”. For some reason, as humans we struggle with this need to be known and recognized for great accomplishments. We are “such and such church and we are known for (fill in the blank)”. And while that is all well and good when done for the Glory of God and reaching lost souls, we handicap ourselves when are unwilling to work with others, or admit that, we might not have it all. The body of Christ is not a competition to see who can do the most or be the best or the biggest, it’s to advance His Kingdom.


The ideas from the Lord are never meant to build our own Kingdom, they are meant to build His. Until as a body we can learn to serve and work together, we will continue to be those kids that “take their toys and go home.” Yes, we need to be careful with who we link ourselves to, but if another individual or ministry has something going on that you don’t and they are solid in the Biblical way, why not partner with them? Why does it have to be an “our things” rather than a His thing.


A ministry that I love and respect is Project Rescue. It is an Assemblies of God Ministry that helps women who are being trafficked. They were birthed out of a need another ministry known as Teen Challenge. God connected the right individuals and Project Rescue was birthed. David and Beth Grant, the founders, are the first to tell you that no one ministry can cover every need, that is why they partner with other organizations to fill in the gap if you will. They do what God has shown them is their role, and then connect with others to create a whole, unified picture that results in freedom for these women and children, and Glory to God. They aren't afraid to “play in someone else’s sandbox” or allow others “to play in theirs.”


I fear that if we cannot learn to work together, we tarry the return of the Lord, not for the better but for the worse. If we can’t play nice with one another and build His Kingdom, I ask you, then whose Kingdom ARE we building??


Prayerfully trying to work it all with Him, your sister in Christ.

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