"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." -Romans 12:4,5
Dr. Lance Wallnau, a speaker and author on Christian cultural influence, talks about supporting one another in our respective callings, "As One." In a message he once shared, he pointed out the similarities of the Christian life and that of the movie Gladiator.
Before the main character and commander-turned-slave Maximus goes out into the Roman Coliseum as a gladiator, he devises a battle plan between he and the other slave men going with him. He knew they would not survive on their own. Therefore, they developed a strategy to defeat whatever might come their way - together.
During one scene, all of the men are huddled together with shields covering each side of their company. When it's time to attack, Maximus shouts "AS ONE!!!" The men shout back, knowing their next step in strategy. They eventually (and amazingly) beat the odds together as each man fights under Maximus' leadership and serve alongside each other, with strength and honor.
Isn't that much like the Christian life? The Bible says, "fight the good fight." (2 Timothy 4:7) Often we forget who our enemy is, and instead point our arrows and swords at each other. Often we don't realize our need to be under the covering of a capable and servant-minded leader. Much of the time we fear developing lasting and accountable relationships, fighting our battles alone. Sometimes we harbor offense that cripples us for a lifetime, and binds us to the idea that there is no one out there who can support us. Sometimes we let our individual goals and dreams override that of the group.
But, in order to fight the good fight that Timothy talks about - and even survive in some cases - we need to fight together to see our dreams and purpose come to life and fruition in God. A single individual accomplishes nothing great. Greatness is accomplished by a group of dedicated and diverse people who understand God's will and "battle plan" for the earth.
Are you fighting the battle alongside others you love and trust? May no one have to fight "the good fight" alone.
Related resource: The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team by John C. Maxwell