If we can choose who to work with, the most important criteria should be whether those people share our goals or not. Having a common goal is more important to unitythan how gifted a person is, how zealous they are, or even how much we like them as a person. Those other things are nice, but we cannot base our teamwork on those things.The foundation of our teamwork is a common goal that we agree on.In our church, we need to be careful about who we allow to become leaders. Wemust be careful to choose people who share our values and church vision of makingdisciples and building glorious churches all over the world. If we allow people to rise upto become leaders who do not share our common heart and vision, we risk having a splitin the church in the future.This principle of having a common goal is true in the church, but it is also true inother areas as well. For example, we need to choose a spouse that agrees with us in thegoal of serving God wholeheartedly. Otherwise, our marriage will face turmoil in thefuture.
aul warned the Corinthians to be careful about entering into commitments²suchas marriage or business ventures²with unbelievers because the Corinthians could notexpect to share common goals with unbelieving partners.
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship hasrighteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
To summarize, the extent that we can commit to work together as a team withothers depends on the extent that we agree in our goal. If we share little in common asour goal, we have little basis for our teamwork. However, if we completely share acommon goal, then we have a strong basis for teamwork.
. One mind and one heart
It is not enough to have a common goal²that is just the basis for teamwork, butit¶s not enough to make it work well. To be an excellent team, we must share the sameheart and mind. This means we must be motivated by the same desires and work together in unison.
1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus
hrist, tolive in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of onemind, united in thought and purpose. (NLT)
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving oneanother, and working together with one mind and purpose. (NLT)
As we work together, we will have differences in opinion. However, God desiresunity in teamwork that comes from having one heart and one mind. As a church made upof all kinds of people, how can we work together with one heart and one mind?1.
Common heart desire.
First, we must look at the example of Jesus in the Bible.By examining what He said and did, we can find a basis for like-mindedness. For