Whether at home, on the job, or in ministry it is important that we all learn to function together as a team. A successful team has a common goal to do their best and accomplish a task.

One of the first attributes to a successful team is respect. God’s Word admonishes us in Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;” To regard one another as more important is to place a high value on who others are.

Another key to a winning team is that everyone understands and works their role and appreciates the differences in the gifting of others. 1 Corinthians 12:17-20 explains the beauty and reasons for our differences. “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?  But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”

One other point that makes a great team is a willingness to support one another when one is weak. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”

Today, our family had the task of netting a harvest of fish from one of our ponds. Even though we are all different in size and strength we valued each other as important and vital components to the team. Knowing our differences, we took our places and pulled the nets. When one grew weak the others pulled the nets all the harder. And together we gathered in an abundant harvest of fish.

These are just a few important attributes that will help us to learn how to function as a team.

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