Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Let's Work Together

By: Jenifer Metzger

Abner was furious. “Am I some Judean dog to be kicked
around like this?” he shouted. “After all I have done for
your father, Saul, and his family and friends by not handing
you over to David, is this my reward—that you find fault
with me about this woman? May God strike me and even
kill me if I don’t do everything I can to help David get
what the Lord has promised him! I’m going to take Saul’s
kingdom and give it to David. I will establish the throne
of David over Israel as well as Judah, all the way from Dan
in the north to Beersheba in the south.” Ishbosheth 
dare say another word because he was afraid of what 
might do. Then Abner sent messengers to David, 
“Doesn’t the entire land belong to you? Make a 
pact with me, and I will help turn over all of Israel to you.”
 2 Samuel 3:8-12

Abner was a powerful leader for Saul. Once Saul died, Abner continued to lead Saul's loyal people. That is until Saul's son accused Abner of something evil. Abner became upset and decided that he was going to partner with David and help him conquer Saul's people. While Abner didn't fully agree with David, they had one common goal. That common goal was more important than what they disagreed on.

As I read this lesson in 2 Samuel, I couldn't help but think of the church. Churches are so segregated. We are so afraid to lose "our people" to another church, we are so afraid of another church doing better than us, and we forget that we have a common goal far more important: to win souls for the Kingdom.

I recently had someone ask my if it bothered me that my (adult) children attend a different church than my husband and I. What!? My children attend church! Yes, I would love for all of us to be under the same church roof. That would make me very happy. Yet how can I be bothered that my children are in church? There is something far more important that all of us attending the same home church: their souls and their walks with God. I don't care where my children go to church as long as they are in a Bible believing church. We are still family regardless of where we worship.

While I love to invite people to my church and I want to see my church continue to grow in numbers, it is far more important that the person I am inviting is just in church. It doesn't matter where they go, just go to church. We need to stop competing and start working together to win souls into the Kingdom of Heaven!

What about at work? Is there someone you are competing with that you should be working together? What about in parenting? Are you and your husband disagreeing on something when you should be parenting as a unit?

We need to be women who work together with each other. Women who want to see each other do well. Women who have a common goal that is far more important than competing with one another.

It's time for Share A Link Wednesday! Each Wednesday we invite you to leave a link to your latest blog post in the comments. We still desire to connect women of God with one another and encourage each other in Christ. So grab a cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories.

1 comment:

  1. The people of God are entirely too fragmented today, dividing over every little inconsequential thing and missing the big picture of who we are and what we're supposed to be doing. May God open our eyes.

    I wrote this week about how small, delicate sea creatures live in the same oceanic pressure that crushes submarines and a wonderful spiritual parallel:


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