Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ecclesiastes 4:12

Which seems to be the tougher assignment for you, working a double-team or a simple man-to-man defense?  The answer would appear to be obvious, but we often seem to prefer individualism to teamwork.

The writer of Ecclesiastes at chapter 4 and verse 12 writes, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Though this makes perfect sense to us in theory, many times we bristle at the dynamics that accompany good teamwork.  We worry about our teammate not executing his portion of the double-team or we worry about our own performance in it.  Thus, we’d rather take our chances alone and rely on our own abilities. 

The problem is that the principle is still true, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.”  We’re much more powerful when we’re working in concert with other competitors, despite the perceived problems.

The second sentence is equally powerful as it mentions a cord of three strands.  Not just two, but three.  On good teams, the coaching staff is the third strand in every alliance of teamwork and unified competition.  The coaches’ instruction and strategy completes the cord of power and strength that pulls the team to victory.

In the lives of followers of Christ, the Lord Himself is the third strand in every relationship giving purpose, wisdom and life.  He unifies and strengthens the lives of those who love Him with the people they love.

As you compete today, do so in great unity and rely upon each other’s abilities.  You’re much better together than you are separately.  Watch for the third strand of your team’s success and experience the unbreakable nature of great teamwork.

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 2:21-40
Ephesians 4:1-16
I Kings 11