Have you ever noticed in nature how things work together? I’m not a biologist or any type of scientist, but I sometimes notice these things. Alloys are elements that are stronger together than each individual element. (I think I learned that sometime back in high school, but double checked Google to verify!) Another such example is that geese fly together in a flock. You rarely, if ever, see a goose flying alone. As they travel together they fly in a V formation, which in itself is a fantastic feat. Have you ever researched why birds fly like this? Luckily for you, I have.
The simple answer is Synergy. According to dictionary.com, synergy is defined as the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. By flying in this type of formation they conserve energy and the whole flock is able to fly slight over 70% farther than it could alone. That just amazes me and is an astounding number. If a goose falls out of formation, it quickly gets back into formation because it instantly can feel the resistance of flying alone. So this begs the question, if God created geese to be so intricately reliant upon each other to conserve energy and go a little over 70% farther, wouldn’t he do the same with beings he created in His image (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)?
The Trinity alone declares the necessity of those who belong to Christ to work together. If that isn’t enough to convince you there are additional scriptures that support believers to cooperate to accomplish God’s kingdom purposes. This list is not exhaustive but a start. So, let’s look more closely at what God’s word says.
In Exodus 18, the Israelites were coming to Moses to have him judge between their disputes. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had come to visit and saw the great many things the Lord had done for them. He saw what Moses was doing, judging disputes from morning until night. Jethro told Moses in verses 17-18 “ ‘What you’re doing is not good,’ Moses’ father-in-law said to him. ‘You will certainly wear out both yourself and these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You can’t do it alone.’” From that point on, Moses selected leaders to govern over sections of the community to solve minor disputes and only the major ones would get to Moses. What an wonderful example of teamwork!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” Powerful words!
Lastly, but not least, Matthew 18:20 says “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” Not only are we gathered together but God joins us through His powerful spirit; the one that raised Jesus from the grave!
I don’t know about you, but that helps me to understand the need to work together to accomplish God’s will. I challenge you today to find more scriptures (like Luke 10) about working together, and not alone, to accomplish God’s purposes. With God all things are possible!
Article by Amy L. Hernández