Building unity and strengthening cooperation
    March 11 2014 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    Southern Baptists join hands and hearts together in our commitment to fulfill our Lord’s Great Commission. There is no limit to what we can accomplish if we are empowered by the Holy Spirit and living in obedience to His commands. Because we are imperfect people, we must find strength and unity within the body of Christ and cooperate together as a team if we are going to celebrate God-sized achievements.
    We may not always move in unison because of our individuality and autonomy, but we can work in unity because of our mutual desire to reach the lost and disciple them. There will be occasions when we disagree with team members, but we should not let those differences of opinion short-circuit cooperation or lead us to express critical comments about our fellow workers in the Lord. If you are guilty of doing this, do you ever pause and consider your motive for sharing these condemnatory remarks with others? Surely, there are much better ways to work toward the resolution you are seeking.
    Do you pray and ask God to intervene in situations that short-circuit cooperation and destroy synergy? It is amazing how the Holy Spirit will give wisdom and bring unity when individuals are willing to ask, receptive to hear and willing to do what God is asking.
    Cooperating in love with our team members also plays an important part in protecting our Christian witness. I remember an occasion following a Baptist meeting when some individuals were telling me about their disagreement with a fellow ministry worker.
    During this conversation, I became aware that an employee of the facility in which we were meeting was cleaning the room and could easily hear everything being said. I began to wonder if our Christian witness to this employee had been tarnished by the comments he had heard.
    Hall of Fame college basketball coach John Wooden put together record-breaking teams at UCLA that not only won 10 national championships in a 12-year period, but also won 88 consecutive games and seven championships in a row. Wooden always taught his players the meaning of teamwork and working together toward a common goal. Rather than accepting personal credit when the team won a game, he gave credit to the team because the players cooperated and helped each other achieve the victory.
    Wooden once said, “Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets credit.”
    As we pray and labor together, giving God all the glory for what He chooses to accomplish, His Spirit can work through us, and the power of sin will not have dominion over the Church. Winston Churchill once said, “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” We must put God and others ahead of self and refuse to focus on differences that could divide us.
    Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” Psalm 133:1
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