Updated: Sep 3, 2020
Make yourself great?? Here’s a myth buster: No one makes it alone! Popular culture celebrates “self-made” greatness, making us believe that it all rests on “ME”, and it’s a lie. The idea of self-made people makes us believe that we don’t need other people; and that’s the biggest mistake we can make in any area of life. The truth is: for every self-made success story, to be certain, there’s a team that made it possible. Or else it would just be some person with their one person band which makes for a dull concert experience and honestly not much to talk about.
The greatest man to ever walk the earth is Jesus Christ. God in the flesh ( John 1 : 14). Only He could have boasted of being able to do ALL things, and yet he brought the disciples into His purpose. Jesus could have done it all by himself, He didn’t need the disciples (rather they needed Jesus), but He gave us an example of how to carry out purpose. We although many became the one body of Christ. All of us have a part to play in spreading the Good News.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12 : 27
But everything starts with just one person, right? Sure we begin the journey alone, the vision has been given to us, that time in separation when we really don’t have a choice but to do things on our own is for clarity. Before we share our vision, it has to be clear to us, what we have been entrusted with. At the right time, it must go beyond just us. The vision cannot exist in a vacuum or else it dies. To be practical: One person isn’t equipped enough to know how to do everything. It’s impossible. So merely if no other reason but necessity, we need other people.
“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. Älso if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” ~ Ecclesiastes 4 : 10 - 12
The most prominent leader in the bible is Moses. God appeared to Moses and told him he was to bring the people of God out of bondage in Egypt and into the promised land. Moses immediately began telling God all the reasons why this would not work - no one would believe that God had spoken to him, and he was not eloquent enough. Imagine telling God that what He has told you can’t be! Moses must have held the strong conviction that the task was too big for him. I wonder how often we are convinced that what God has told us to do is too big for us? God already knew where Moses was weak, and had sent Aaron his way. Isn’t it good to know that God will send us the help we need. We are not meant to be able to do it all.
Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; and I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.” ~ Exodus 4 : 14 - 16
The bigger the vision, the more we will have to rely on others to help us along the way. Every person adds value in their own unique way. Moses needed Aaron to help him communicate to the people of God. He needed the warrior Joshua to lead the battles they would encounter in the journey to taking over the promised land for the people of God. The most visual description of team work I found is when God led the Israelites to defeat the Amalekites in battle. The victory was theirs from the beginning, God had promised to take them to their inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey. Talk about standing on God’s promises! And yet they were attacked on their way to receiving the promise. Isn’t that interesting! Joshua led the men in battle, while Moses lifted his hands toward heaven. As long as Moses held his hands up, Joshua and his men won. Joshua’s success was tied to Moses’ obedience. When Moses got tired and his hands dropped, Joshua and his men lost. To ensure the victory Aaron and Hur held Moses’ hands up when he no longer could. Who holds your hands towards heaven when you get weary? Remember, this was a win that was guaranteed by God, but it required work. Faith without action is dead (James 2 : 17). More specifically it required working together. This is what standing on God’s promise looks like: Vision. Obedience. Team work. Victory.
“When Moses’ hands grew tired they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up - one on one side, one on the other - so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekites army with the sword.” ~ Exodus 17 : 12 - 13
Great efforts have been made throughout history to divide people, that is to cause disunity. It’s not by coincidence. Have you ever wondered why conflict and divisiveness is rampant in our society? It’s the work of the enemy to neutralize us of our power. Superiority of “self” robs and destroys nations, families, and marriages of their potential and destiny. In seeking “self” we cause a lot of harm, because we cast aside love. One of the descriptions of love in 1 Corinthians 13 is that love is not self-seeking. God is love (1 John 4 : 8 ). To entertain a way of life that has no place for God is to go down a dangerous path of destruction, evil, and hatred. The saying ‘divide and conquer’ mirrors the scripture, “”And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand” ( Mark 3 : 25). All power is in being united. There’s an African proverb, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The power is in how far we can get together. We have to be united to get to the proverbial ‘mountain top’ in all areas of our life. The bible is clear, where two or three are united, God’s ear is bent. Let us stand on and test the promises and principles of God. They are ever true.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” ~ Matthew 18 : 19 - 20
Don’t allow yourself to be isolated spiritually, physically, emotionally, and/or financially. Networks come through people. We see the importance of being surrounded by the right people when we are raising children. Everyone knows it takes a village to raise a child. Somehow we forget that as adults we need a village to become all of whom God has called us to be. People pour into us as we also pour into others. That’s the hallmark of Christianity. We give what we need. “Love your neighbor as your love yourself” (Mark 12 : 31). In the process of doing this, we become better people.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27 : 17
How do you pursue unity in your relationships?
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