Monday, March 30, 2015


Encouragement for your daily walk with God

I am reading through 1 Corinthians in my daily devotions. This morning, in reading chapter 3, I was reminded that there is no “I” in “TEAM.” Paul made it abundantly clear that ministry works best in a team, especially when all credit for the results of ministry goes to God. In the passage both Paul and Apollos had faithfully executed their God-appointed work — planting and watering — but they had to wait for God to make it grow. 

I know that only two kinds of ministry were mentioned in the passage, but it applies to all ministries. No ministry effort should be regarded as more significant than another. Neither should anyone be envious of another’s ministry. The most important thing is to be faithful in the ministry each of us has. 

The reason is clear; all Christ followers who minister are one in the Body of Christ. When that sinks in, it’s a giant step in humility. That is the way a Christ follower should serve/minister, in humility. Working together like that leaves no place for selfish competition or jealousy of another’s ministry.

When I was a child, we sang a song in Sunday School about this very thing. It goes like this:

When we all pull together
When we all pull together
How happy we’ll be

For your work is my work
And our work is God’s work
When we all pull together
How happy we’ll be.

Teamwork in ministry gives God all the glory and promotes humility.

He who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow-workers. 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

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