Ps Peter Prothero
25 March 2018
They say a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. But what if you had a chain with no weak links, each part fashioned, tempered, shaped, prepared and formed together where individual strength is now multiplied throughout the chain? What would that chain look like? What if we built individual strength in people but then added that strength to the strength of others? What would that team look like? What could they achieve?
In Leviticus it says:
'You will chase your enemies, and they shall fall by the sword before you. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you. ‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.' Leviticus 26:7-9 NKJV
The picture here is awesome - five soldiers routing one hundred. That's twenty soldiers for each Israelis warrior. That's impressive! But then one hundred are able to put ten thousand to flight. One hundred is twenty times more than five. Yet the outcome here is not twenty times more. That would be two thousand soldiers routed. Increasing the Israeli warriors by twenty fold increased the results one hundred fold - five times more than you would expect!
Why is this? Engineers call it synergy. The Bible calls it favour.
Accomplishing things alone is important. Personal achievement builds self confidence. We learn our strengths and weaknesses. We know what we bring to the table. But working together builds teams. When it comes to the Kingdom we cannot make much headway by simply going it alone. The vision is too big. The task is too great.
This is why God created community. It's good and pleasant when we dwell together in unity. That is where the favour is. That is where the blessing is. That is where the anointing flows. That is where the dew settles and refreshes. This kind of togetherness is hard to create. It's not just about proximity. You can be standing next to someone on a busy tube train and not be together. You can be seated next to someone at the theatre and not be together. You can have a conversation with someone and not be together.
The ancient Hebrews wanted to get this across so they used a Hebrew word twice: yachad, yachad. It's translated 'together in unity'. But it could equally be translated as 'together, together'. This is about heart connection. It's about trust. It's about having confidence in the strength that others bring to the game. Individual strength is multiplied when we are together. The output far exceeds the input.
How are you building your personal strengths? Have you been able to let go of your ego so that your strength can be added to the strength of others, creating powerful overcoming teams? Take time this week to truly connect. Don't just attend conference. Allow your heart to be joined to something bigger than yourself.
Ps Peter Prothero
Senior Pastor - Equippers Church Surrey