Moses had Aaron; David had Jonathan; and Paul had Barnabas, then Silas, then Timothy. Moody had Torrey, Frank Norris had Louis Entzminger, and Lee Roberson had J. R. Faulkner.
We get a lot more done when we realize we’re all on the same team. We need each other. Jesus brings people together who would have nothing in common were it not for Him. Take the disciples: fishermen, tax collectors, political zealots, common day laborers—all working together simply because Christ called them to do a job.
We will get a lot more done and be far more effective if we can learn to be patient with each other, help one another, support each other and—if offense is given—restore one another. Hebrews 13:1 relays a simple command: “Let brotherly love continue.” Love in our relationships is one of the great signs that we’re Christians.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.—Romans 12:18
This is what Paul is teaching at the end of Ephesians 2—God takes different people, disparate people, diverse people, and brings them together into one body: the church. Think about the analogies he uses: we are fellow citizens, members of His household, building blocks cemented together. Are you involved in your church so much that things get done because you do them?
If, when you come to church, you just sit there, talk to one or two people, give a few dollars in the offering and leave, how do you square that with what the Scriptures call for—a dynamic duo for Christ reaching the world by teaching and preaching?
Paul told Timothy: “The things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” So let’s work together and reach the world, then repeat the process again and again until He comes.