“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:18-20 (KJV)
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (KJV)
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” -Proverbs 27:17 (KJV)
It is unfortunate, but many times we subconsciously, yet sincerely underestimate the strength or efficiency in numbers. We know this principle, yes, but it’s too easy or natural for us to think, “I got this.”
At our church recently, we’ve seen a few genuine souls come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ by God’s grace. Now it wasn’t a “one-on-one ministry,” (not that that would have been wrong of course), but I’ve learned something very special & powerful about the Holy Spirit when He moves in & through other leaders simultaneously with you as you minister the Gospel. Where you might have great insight on one thing, another believer might give good insight in a completely different area. I’ve counseled people one-on-one before many times, and I’ve counseled people with a small group. Hands down, ministering in plurality makes the world of difference! “Many members, one body.” (Romans 12:4, II Corinthians 12:12,20)
One of my mentors growing up always said this, “Many hands makes light loads.” This couldn’t be more true in the natural or in the spirit. Whether we understand it or not, God really fancies us working together, and walking together in unity. Not just in love, but in calls or assignments.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” – 1 Corinthians 1:10 (KJV)
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:24-25 (KJV)
“And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;” – Mark 6:7 (KJV)
Another thing, our church also recently joined hands with another church in a neighboring town with the same mind and sprit in an intentional mission to work together to save the lost, edify & equip the body, and build the kingdom of God together having no spirit of competition in play! It is truly spiritually rewarding and fulfilling!
One other final aspect of “team playing,” is recognizing a needed sense of humility. When we band together as individuals with a goal in mind, you’re acknowledging the fact that the “end result” (in either time, efficiency, or both), more than likely won’t be accomplished otherwise.
When we tackle on the prayer assignments in numbers, there is power! When we minister to the lost in numbers, there is power! When we come together lifting up one another before the Lord meeting each other’s needs, there’s power! Ask the Lord to use you today in greater measure with other believers with the same mind and spirit working toegether to build the kingdom of God!