Collaboration and the Kingdom of God

Was Jesus a Collaborator?. He chose 12 very different men to accomplish his purposes, then  gave them the gift of his Spirit, commanded them to love each other, sacrifice their egos, unite in love and change their world.   Collaboration wasn’t just important to Jesus. It was paramount. “Father, may they be united as you and are united, that the world will believe.”

Paul, the Great Collaborator “We are one body, but many members.” Paul practically invented the concept of teamwork. He grasped the divine truth that God’s great mission to change our world happens only when we combine our gifts and cooperate in the way members of our bodies do and must.

Quotes on Collaboration:

“Individual commitment to a group effort— is what makes a team work, a society work, a civilization work.” —Vince Lombardi. P.S. what makes God’s kingdom work.

“Alone we are but God’s glimmer. Together, we shine as His world’s beacon of love.”–Wade Nye

“Success, whether in a band or on a team, requires compromise. If you care about what you’re doing and each other, what you lose in compromise, you gain a hundredfold by collaboration. —Mike Rutherford

“Collaboration requires personal sacrifice, but it makes you grow as an individual”.—Brian Eno

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. —Henry Ford

“A great idea brewing in a single mind grows best when transplanted into the minds of others. —Oliver Wendell Holmes

“If I have seen further than others it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants.” —Isaac Newton

“I never accomplished anything for my people on my own. What I achieved was done with others who united with me in our cause.”  —Golda Meir

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you. —Althea Gibson

“The strength of the team is its member. The strength of its member is the team.” —Phil Jackson

“Coming together is a beginning; staying together is progress; working together is success.”. —Henry Ford

“The spark of genius generated in a solitary mind, shines brightest when united with other minds”. —Thomas Carlyle

“Gettin’ good players is easy. Gettin’ ’em to play together is the hard part.” —Casey Stengel

We’re in this together. Uniting  and cooperating  may be the key to humanity’s survival. —Jeremy Gilley, TEDTalks lecture

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” —H.E. Luccock

“The ability to direct individual efforts toward a combined effort is the fuel that allows everyday people to attain uncommon results” —Andrew Carnegie

None of us are fans of this next guy, but what he says is so true on the biological level and the spiritual. “In the long history of humans as well as animals, those who learned to collaborate and improvise have prevailed. —Charles Darwin

Prayer: Lord teach us how to love as Jesus did, by laying aside our egos and versions of truth for the sake of Your Glory and Your Kingdom.

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