Iron Sharpens Iron, and One Man Sharpens Another. Proverbs 27:17
Have you noticed how much easier it is when your group works together in harmony? Things are always much smoother! It's scriptural. When the scripture says, "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another" it's referring to how much sharper one becomes when he or she has help from another individual.
Those of you who are a little older might remember Barbra Streisand's signature song from the movie, Funny Girl. One of the lines goes something like this: "People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world." I'm not sure what she meant by that, because we all need people. The problem is, not everybody realizes that, so we might change that line to read: "People who realize they need people are the most fortunate people in the world."
We all need people, and as the church, we are designed to live and function in unison with one another and to depend on each other. We are a body, a team if you will, and we function best when we all work together.
When I operated my company over a 10 year period on a full-time basis, my three sisters worked in the business with me. They were extremely dependable; after all, I had lived with them my entire life. I could count on them. Whatever they had been assigned to do – I could consider the job done – it was a given.
Today, I'm a consultant, working alone. It has been much more difficult to get projects completed. When you work with people who aren't family, and who keep important matters to themselves because they are not trusting and open, the entire process comes to a grinding halt or moves at a snail's pace. Trust was never an issue when I worked with my family.
Over the years, I've attempted to figure out how to encourage others to work together as one unit – one team – with love, and in peace, and harmony. It's not easy to do!
I believe the Christian life requires teamwork. We need to look out for one another if we're going to be all that we can be for the Lord. We need one another.
Are you aware of the "one another" verses in the Bible? Consider these:
"So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another." Romans 12:5. "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another." Romans 12:10. "Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion." Romans 12:16. And finally, "Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8
How many times have you and a church friend prayed together and said, "Let's touch and agree" yet your prayer never materialized, and nothing happened. If we would pray as we should, and pray in accordance with all the Bible teaches on prayer, not just on the basis of one isolated text, we would see results because prayer works.
There's so much we can pray about, and God does hear our individual prayers, but like the scripture in Matthew says: "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven."
One key phrase in this scripture that I must point out: "two of you agree" – this includes lifestyle, like minds, like behaviors. Be mindful of the person with whom you pray. Is that person saved? Do they at least try to please God, and are they trying to live by His commandments?