“Teamwork makes the dream work!” We all have heard this saying at least once in our lives and we most likely think immediately about sports much of the time…but do we ever paste this motto onto our spiritual convictions as members of the Church?

Read Nehemiah 3:1-32 at some point this week with your family and notice how the theme of teamwork takes a major pedestal in the life of God’s people here!

3279452915562_6743883689554Reference: verse 23 “Beyond them, Benjamin and Hasshub made repairs in front of their house; and next to them, Azariah, son of Maaselah, the son of Ananiah, made repairs beside his house.”

Name after name of people who contributed to the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Side by side men from many different families toiled to contribute to this mighty restructure. I don’t recognize any of their names and if you asked me tomorrow, I would not be able to remember a single one of them. However, altogether they worked towards one grand vision and their contribution had a huge impact on the future standing of the Jews.

We cannot try to accomplish things on our own. Working as a team brings so much more strength to the things we aim to achieve. While the men that first gathered, and are listed in this third chapter, may not have been BFFs (best friends forever), their willingness to work side by side, on their own little part, made a huge impact towards the whole picture. While sometimes it seems easier to just do it all ourselves, working as a team can get so much more accomplished in areas that truly matter!

Maybe our prayer as a church family this week should be, “Lord, we often become so independent and want to fly solo within your body. Help us today to desire to embrace our brothers and sisters into this journey as we go about your will and be willing to receive other people’s contributions and bless others by doing so. Amen”

Spencer Cromwell, Windsong church of Christ, Little Rock, AR

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