Encounter Devotional: “Let’s Do This Together”

By Zach Wood

Mankato Times

Psalm 34:1-3 NLT

I will praise the Lord at all times.  I will constantly speak his praises.  I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.  Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.

One of the greatest things a parent can do for their child is to say, “Let’s do this together”.  As a dad, I find myself wanting to take care of things for my kids all too often when what I really need to do is show them and then offer for us to both do it together.  That way, they learn better and I don’t take care of it every time. 

It is great when we can do other things together with someone as well.  There are many times when we want to do things in our own and at times it is great when we can do things solo.  However, there are also times when it’s so much better to work together as a team with someone else or a group of people.  

When we work with someone or a group of people, it’s so important that we strive to work hard to accomplish a common goal.  If we work with co-workers, we know that we need to collaborate and strive to help each other to a better job individually and as a whole group.  It’s important that helping each other is a priority so that everyone is encouraged.  

It is obvious that we are all different and work in many different ways to do our jobs.  Even with this challenge, it’s important that we strive to do what we can to ensure that we work together as a team with others whatever the situation may be.  Whether it be at a job, with siblings in a certain situation, or volunteering somewhere. 

No matter what we are doing, it’s important that we work together to achieve a common goal.  We absolutely must apply to the Kingdom work as we work together in the church to achieve a common goal and that is encouraging each other to grow closer to the Lord and to win people to the Lord. 

The last line of this passage is vital.  We absolutely need to strive to work together in the church to exalt His name.  Our desire and passion should be ultimately to bring glory to His name and not promote our own agenda.  When I read this passage the other day, it just really hit me that we need to do a better job in the church today to strive to encourage one another as we seek to exalt His name.  

God calls us to seek Him and to tell of His greatness.  We need to do this together as the family of God.  However, we cannot be stuck in our own selfish ways and desire to promote our own plan or agenda.  We must work together and serve together to exalt Him.  Instead of “Let me do this”, we need to say, “Let’s do this together!”

Zach Wood is a graduate of Johnson Bible College (Johnson University) in Knoxville, TN.  He enjoys devotional writing, preaching, music ministry and computers.  He works at Corporate Graphics Commercial as a Client Support Assistant in North Mankato.  He lives in Eagle Lake with his wife and two girls.  Contact info: jbcg99@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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