Family Devotion: Working as a Team

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by Karen Schmidt

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Talking to God 

Thank God that each of us has a significant part to play in the body of believers.

Diving In 

Turn a household task into a bucket brigade activity, passing items hand to hand to complete the chore. You can do this when loading the washer with laundry, unloading groceries from the car into the kitchen or putting away clean dishes.

Going Deeper

Notice how quickly the work got done when everyone pitched in. Each person's contribution was valuable. It's easy to think that certain roles or people in the body of Christ are more important than others. Leaders who speak publicly might appear most essential, but Jesus asks each of us to play our part in the life of His church. The apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 how he planted "seeds" of the Gospel, then another believer, Apollos, watered the seeds, and God made them grow. Both believers played a part in the process, but each of their roles was different. Can you imagine a baseball team where one player decided to stay home on game night? The team would be ineffective. God wants each of us to work together as players on His team.

Talking to Each Other

  • How would the body of Christ suffer if members of the team didn't do their part?

  • How can you build teamwork in your family and with other believers?

Finishing Well

"There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." (1 Corinthians 12:6-7)


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