A Work In Progress: Cooperation – Session F


A Work In Progress

Do you ever find yourself in the midst of someone who isn’t cooperating?  Say for instance, a toddler that isn’t cooperating while Mommy shops in the afternoon on a busy day.  How about that co-worker that won’t do their share and makes for you to have more stress?  Sometimes we find ourselves in times of turmoil when you can not do anything to make the other individual “join the team” or calm down long enough for you to grab that dozen eggs you desperately need for the potluck dessert you need to make.

How about us, do we find ourselves being the ones that are not cooperating?  Honestly – yes.  There are times that I have not cooperated when I should have.  I am ashamed to say it, but its the truth.  I am only hoping that I do not do it on a regular basis!

When God created us, he created us all to overlap one another in various aspects of our lives.  When we work together different parts become a whole.  The Lord asks us to cooperate, even expects it.” (page 63) When we cooperate it builds unity!   This is a gift for us to share.

Galatians 3:28         “You are all one in Christ Jesus.”

There are quite a few instances in the bible where it took more than one individual. They needed cooperation from others and luckily received it.  One that we reviewed in the study was Exodus 17: 8-13, which talks about Joshua, Moses, Aaron, and Hur’s unity. I encourage you to read it and see how they worked together.

Our study then moved into the following topics where cooperation is essential.  Let’s take a look at how God would like us to cooperate in these instances.

Cooperation in our marriages 

Women/wives were created to be helpers to their men/husbands.  The author of the bible study used the example  that each is a toolbox but neither has enough tools in it to succeed.  They each have a different set of tools and it takes both sets to make unity occur.  This can be done with cooperation from both.  It is not easy and those of us that are married know this to be true. Yet using cooperation and being a unified couple, we can make a difference in the world that God has created you for.

Bible references: Proverbs 21:9, Proverbs 31:10-12 and 1 Peter 3:7 or Ephesians 5:25.

Cooperation in our families

“A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.” Proverbs 19:13

Being a family unit has it’s blessings and it’s struggles.  Although one can be related by blood, they still have differing personalities.  This can cause people in the midst of the opposite of cooperation at times.  We must remember what God states in His word about cooperation.

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out. ” Proverbs 17:14

Sometimes taking the high road is so very hard but much-needed.  For tattered relationships bring no good to life.  God wants us to end our battles with loved ones, share the word, and bless others with love.  This will take cooperation and unity from all. Being the first to make the connection of repair is what God is requiring.

Unity: Cooperation in Life

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Romans 12:5

Body isn’t talking about family but all of the believers in Christ.  As we believe in the one true Savior we are to work together to share the Word.  We are to work together to grow in faith, learn more about our Lord, and share it with others.  When bickering and finger-pointing prevail it isn’t cooperating.

I was shown just yesterday how well things go when there is an abundance of believers cooperating.  The end result was a very clean parsonage.   Although all congregations and members have their times of strife, (ours included), we know it comes from the sinful nature in us, it is important to not dwell on those but the blessings of cooperation!  The unity of believers in Christ making a difference!

So, to end our study today I’d like to encourage you to think of that person in your life that you  have a personal relationship with that is a bit strained.  I’d like you to pray upon how you can find unity and cooperation in your relationship. Reach out and extend a hand of Jesus’ love today. Take the first step, although it may be uncomfortable, you are not alone.  God is with you.

Grace is a gift,

Julie

 

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