Inspiration

Cultivate a Life in Common

"You must get along with
each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life
in common."
(1 Corinthians 1:10 MSG)

One skill
that doesn't seem to be taught in school anymore is how to work well with
others. But it's one of the most important skills to learn if you're going to
be a happy person.

If you don't
work well with other people, you're going to be unhappy much of your life.

What do you
need to learn in order to work with other people?

First, you must learn to cooperate
with others
.

Epaphroditus
was a man that the church in Philippi sent to Rome with a gift of financial
support for Paul while he was in prison. Philippians 2:25 says, "I feel that I must send Epaphroditus - my
brother, coworker, and fellow soldier - back to you. You sent him as your
personal representative to help me in my need"
(GWT).

By calling
Epaphroditus his brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, Paul was saying that
life and ministry is a family, it's a fellowship, and it's a fight.

The church is
the family of God. We are brothers and sisters with the people we minister and
worship with, and we should treat them as such. It's also a fellowship, where
we work and serve together with a common goal - the Great Commission.

You're also
in the same fight together against Satan, and you need to support each other.
You need to defend and encourage each other.

The best
place to learn how to cooperate with others is in the church.

Second, you need to learn to be
considerate
.

Paul is
speaking of Epaphroditus again in Philippians 2:26 when he says, "He has been longing to see all of you and
is troubled because you heard that he was sick."

Notice there
are two examples of consideration. Paul is considerate of his co-worker's
homesickness, and Epaphroditus is considerate about the Philippians' concern.

This is a key
to happiness! The more considerate you learn to be of other people's needs,
doubts, and fears, the happier you will be. If you are inconsiderate you're
going to have an unhappy marriage.

The Bible
says in 1 Corinthians 1:10, "You must get
along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another,
cultivating a life in common"
(MSG).

None of us is
by nature a considerate person, because we tend to think of ourselves first and
not the needs of others. "Cultivating a life in common" takes work, and
learning to get along and work well with others takes practice. Like a garden
that requires cultivation to bear fruit, you'll see how your effort bears the
fruit of happiness and strong relationships.

Talk It Over

  • Why is it
    sometimes hardest to get along or work well with people who are a part of the
    church and with whom you minister?
  • What new
    practices can you adopt to cultivate cooperation and consideration among your
    ministry group or coworkers?
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