Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you like to work alone or are you more comfortable working in a group? When it comes to doing the work of the Kingdom of God, did you know that God has a preference for how the work needs to get done?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
Here at Beech Springs there are some tasks that I would call one-man jobs and, then again, there are others that I would term one-man optional–group preferred. The one-man jobs usually have something to do with close quarters or specific skills. For example, if I’m replacing an outdoor switch or outlet, that would be the kind of job that would necessitate a one-man approach. There’s not enough room for more than one person to work on a single switch or outlet. There are, however, many one-man optional jobs as well. These are the kind of tasks that can be done by one person fairly well. That’s the optional part. Nevertheless, a group can do the work in less time and, perhaps, better overall. For example, moving wood from one drying stack out in the yard into the woodshed. This is something we do every year, right around now. If you have two people putting the wood in the Garden tractor trailer, one driving the tractor, and then everyone meeting at the woodshed to unload and restack, it works a whole lot better than just one person, despite the fact that one handy person can multi-task to load, drive, unload and stack.
Teamwork is at times optional, and at other times not. God has given us the freedom to pursue our own personal work as we see fit. However, when it comes to doing the work he has given his Kingdom, teamwork may be required.
Here’s a story. . . . Jimmy Durante, one of the great entertainers of a generation ago, was asked to be a part of a show for World War II veterans. He told them his schedule was very busy and he could afford only a few minutes, but if they wouldn’t mind his doing one short monologue and immediately leaving for his next appointment, he would come. . . . But when Jimmy got on stage, something interesting happened. He went through the short monologue and then stayed. The applause grew louder and louder and he kept staying. Pretty soon, he had been on fifteen, twenty, then thirty minutes. Finally he took a last bow and left the stage. Backstage someone stopped him and said, “I thought you had to go after a few minutes. What happened?” Jimmy answered, “I did have to go, but I can show you the reason I stayed. You can see for yourself if you’ll look down on the front row.” In the front row were two men, each of whom had lost an arm in the war. One had lost his right arm and the other had lost his left. Together, they were able to clap, and that’s exactly what they were doing, loudly and cheerfully. (Tim Hansel, Holy Sweat, 1987, Word Books Publisher, p. 104-105.)
Paul tells the Ephesians, “. . . to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Like those two GI’s in the front row, when it comes to doing Kingdom work achieving the effect God desires from his church requires a cooperative effort of one hand touching another. Going it alone with the daily chores of life is workable; going it alone as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not one-man optional. Drivers, loaders and unloaders work far better than a one-man effort. The goal is that the whole is served and not the individual.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for calling each of us to do the important work of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to even the farthest ends of the earth. Father, we know that this is important work, the most important work that is given to us in this life. Forgive us Father when we become so self-absorbed that we try to do the Kingdom work you have given us without the input or assistance of other believers you have called just like us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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