When you have a job to get done, you need the right tool. Hammers and screwdrivers work great for doing the job they were designed for, but sometimes you need something a little more complex. You need a tool that has the right attachment for the job, one that cooperates with that tool to get the job done.
Like a drill. Without the right drill bit to do the work, it’s just a noisy paperweight.
Or a ratchet. Without the right socket, well, I guess you’ve got a shiny little … hammer maybe? It’s just not useful unless you have both parts working together.
There are even some tools that don’t need another piece. They need another person, like those lumberjack crosscut saws. The saw won’t work at all unless two people are working together. That’s cooperation—working together to do more than you could do alone.
When you think about it, cooperation is huge. When you cooperate, you can build more. You learn more. You can do more.
As kids are growing they become more aware of the people around them. They have friends on the playground or in their neighborhood. They have to work in teams to finish projects in school. If they don’t learn God’s plan for cooperation, they’ll have a difficult time getting along with people. That’s why it’s important that we take some time out to discover more about what the Bible says about cooperation.
Cooperation is actually a spiritual concept that originates with God. God designed us as human beings not only to need each other, but also to need Him. Now, it’s not like God was up in heaven desperate for some help, so He made us. No, God is all-sufficient. But, He created us so we could have a relationship with Him, and so that we could participate in His work together. In other words, God put all of us together on this planet to do more together than we could ever do alone, and in some cases—with His help—to do things that might even seem “un-doable.”
So, we want every leader, every parent and every child to memorize this verse of Scripture:“Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIrV).
Just think about the difference you could make in your church if every parent, leader and child really bought into this spiritual concept of cooperation. The Bible is full of stories of people who came together in faith to do something they never could have done alone. We can’t wait to hear about what happens when kids start understanding God’s design for cooperation.
Think about the Israelites building the tabernacle. We’ll look at different passages throughoutExodus 28, 31, 35 and 39. God could have had Moses do the work on his own, but instead God called expert artists, craftsmen, and all kinds of people to work together to build this incredibly intentional place of worship.
Bottom Line: We can work together to get God’s work done. Cooperation starts with God. When we work together we can do the work He has for us to do and accomplish more than we could ever do on our own.
There’s this really great and rather bizarre story in Exodus 17:8-13 where Joshua is battling a group of people called the Amalekites. As the battle starts, Moses is standing on a hill with his brother Aaron and another guy named, Hur. And there Moses is, holding up the staff of God. As long as Moses keeps his arms up, the Israelites are winning. But when he drops his arms, the Israelites start losing. So Hur and Aaron make this really great decision. They hold up Moses’ arms—and with God’s help, the Israelites are victorious.
Bottom Line: We can work together to help someone else succeed. Just like Hur and Aaron, it’s important for a child to realize that working together isn’t just about doing something for yourself. You can work with other people to help them win at life too.
In Luke 5:17-26, we find in the life of one paralyzed man who just happened to have some really good friends. When His friends heard that Jesus was in town, they tried everything to get their friend to Jesus. In fact, as friends, they cooperated, tore a hole in a roof, and dropped their friend down in front of Jesus while He was teaching. And as a result of their faith and cooperation a miracle happened.
Bottom Line: We can work together to change someone’s life. When we work with others, we not only help them, but we can help God change their life.
In our final week, we look at how the Early Church worked together in Acts 2:42-47 to help those who were in need. And when they cooperated, people noticed. When other people saw all of these different kinds of people working together, they came to know Jesus.
Bottom Line: Working together can point people to Jesus. Our kids can learn how to be the church even at a young age. Just think about the impact they could have on the world when they realize that how they work together could impact a person’s relationship with Jesus.
This month, think about this question: “What can you do together?” What can you do together as a church to demonstrate to your children the way God designed us—not only to need each other, but also to need Him? How can we cooperate with God on His plan to change the world?
I have this sneaking suspicion that the children who watched those friends that tore the roof apart and saw Jesus make that man walk again were never the same. They had stories to tell for generations because they had seen the power of cooperation and what happens when God shows up to put His stamp of approval on people working together. This month, help make that the story of your church too.