Summary: How to adapt my thinking in order to enjoy working with others.
Together we make a difference. That’s what we’ve been focusing on these last several weeks. Say “Together we make a difference” with me.
That’s the series we’re in. And it’s so critical to a worthwhile life. To be a part of the teams that God designed me to be a part of is one of the important factors that determine whether or not I am able to fulfill God’s purpose for my life.
As we’ve already established, teamwork is vitally important to God. He designed each and every one of us so that we are equipped to be members of teams. Today we’re going see that the Bible teaches that not only are none of us is as SUCCESSFUL on our own as when we cooperate with others, but also, none of us is as SATISFIED on our own as we are when we cooperate with others. There’s something fulfilling about being able to make teamwork work.
Living a satisfying life is important to all of us. Every one of us longs for satisfaction in life – and God also wants that for us.
One of the stakes God has in us leading a satisfying life is: if you’re satisfied doing the right things, you’ll be less likely to do the dumb, wrong things that you’re tempted to do.
One caveat: God doesn’t want my satisfaction at any price. God wants me to be satisfied and fulfilled but that isn’t actually supposed to be my primary goal in life.
This is a real paradox.
God wants me to be fulfilled but He doesn’t want that to be my primary goal in life. Actually, fulfillment, or getting satisfaction out of life, is a by-product of doing what does matter most. If I will do what matters most in my life, fulfillment will follow.
Today we’re going to see what matters most. We’re going to discover the three things God uses to enable us to make teamwork work.
We’re going to see the three ways that God says I need to adapt my thinking if I’m going to enjoy the satisfaction that teamwork offers.
We’re going to talk today about “Satisfaction in Life and How It’s Tied to Teamwork.”
1. Teamwork satisfaction comes from changing the way I think about God.
Look at what the Holy Spirit inspired Paul the Apostle to write to the Christ followers in Rome.
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
The process of teamwork satisfaction begins when I give my body to God because of all He has done for me. Furthermore, I let Him transform me into a new person by changing the way I think.
The Old Testament believers brought animal sacrifices to the Temple and the lives of those animals were given as an act of worship, and the animal blood was spilled as a foreboding of the coming sacrifice of Jesus who shed His blood for our sins on the cross. But New Testament believers are taught to bring a different sacrifice to worship God. This sacrifice has two qualifications. It is to be “living” and it is to be “holy.”