2 Corinthians 6:1-2(NIV)
As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Sometimes at work, you get a really great Manager who is great at getting the team to contribute and work to collaborate on some issues or a project. The Manager would solicit input without making fun of anybody’s ideas and would listen well for everybody’s input. It is not very often that a company has a great team leader as I hear some horror stories of those with authority, in which they would abuse their position and look down on all of the subordinates. When you have that negative work environment, it is very difficult to work as a team. Does the Manager show favoritism towards another colleague who has less experience? Are there harassment and a lot of ‘red-tape’ and ‘politics’ where everybody is looking after what’s best for their future position?
Paul was a great leader and he instilled team-work among the disciples to be unified to the common purpose of preaching the Gospel of Jesus. He had to face his own opposition as well as to take care of the followers inside the Church who were complaining and causing more problems than providing solutions. With the message of God’s grace in place, we are urged to view the end result of our purpose. That end-purpose is salvation for us and for others. So, it is beneficial to view those who are in the Church as co-workers, trying to build a stronger community of believers. Not everybody has the same gift or talent, but we try to make the best of what we have been given.