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cropped-rose-4.gif1 Corinthians 12:21, The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”

Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment. In accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you”

Teamwork and cooperation are essential in business and industry. To underscore this point, back in the 90’s Co-op Magazine included this item: “You’ve heard of the corny Tate family. They pervade every organization. There is dick Tate, who wants to run everything. O Tate tries to change everything. Agi Tate stirs up trouble whenever possible (and Irri Tate always lends him a hand).

“Whenever new ideas are suggested, Hesi Tate and Vegi Tate pour cold water on them. Imi Tate tries to mimic everyone, Devas Tate loves to be disruptive, and Poten Tate wants to be a big shot. But it’s Facili Tate, Cogi Tate, and Medi Tate who always save the day and gets everyone pulling together.

A one-man show doesn’t get very far. But nowhere is this truth brought to a higher and more powerful fulfillment than in the body of Christ. The Scriptures teach that by God’s design all who are in Christ have been made dependent on one another. We may think we can go it on our own (our pride) , but we can’t. We can’t fulfill our high calling as members of the body of Christ until we begin to realize that we all have a vital part to play. We are family. We need one another.

Lord Jesus, we long to overcome our stubborn pride. Help us to cooperate – for our sake and Yours.

Further thoughts:

The story has been told of a man who had just been elected to the British Parliament brought his family to London. He felt important as he told them about his new job and gave them a tour of the city. When they entered Westminster Abbey, his 8-year old daughter was awestruck by the size of that magnificent structure. Her proud father asked, “What, my dear, are you thinking about?” She replied, “Daddy, I was just thinking about how big you are in our house, but how small you look here!”

Without knowing it, that little girl said something her father needed to hear. Pride can creep into our lives so easily, and from time to time it’s good to be “cut down to size.” We need to be reminded not to think of ourselves more highly that we ought to think (Romans 12:3). It’s easy to become proud when we stay in our own little circles of life.

But when we are thrust into larger situations, with increased demands, pressures, and competition, we come to the shocking realization that “big fish in small ponds” shrink quickly in a large ocean.

James said, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). So, let’s ask the Lord to help us see ourselves as we really are. With His help, we’ll learn to rid ourselves of foolish pride, which we all have and realize that as born-again-believers in Christ, we all make up the body of Christ, and we need each other in order to function as stated in 1 Corinthians 12.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success