The word synergism is defined as: “The interaction of elements that, when combined, produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.”
There is a synergism that comes from unity that the Body of Christ is yet to experience. When the church begins to function in harmony and unity, we will see a new level of compounded effectiveness. I believe God desires to bring into the Body of Christ a level of unity and relational togetherness that is unprecedented in the history of the Church. It seems easy to be pessimistic or even skeptical when it comes to the topic of unity in the Body of Christ, but Jesus prayed for that very thing in His great intercessory prayer of John 17. If Jesus prayed it, I think we can safely say it WILL happen.
We all understand that the Father and the Son are one. But it is most amazing how much He also wants that same unity with us as His creation. He will not stop until we too, are in as deep of fellowship and harmony together with Him and with one another as is the Father and the Son. Jesus prayed in John 17:20-23 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Another Scripture reveals several of the synergistic effects of unity and unified effort.
“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken”. Eccl 4:9-12
“THEY HAVE GOOD REWARD FOR THEIR LABOR”” – “Togetherness” creates multiplied provision and production. It produces a synergism that means the effect of the parts is multiplied when in union, compared to the effect of the individual parts alone.
“IF THEY FALL, ONE WILL LIFT UP HIS COMPANION”– “Togetherness” provides the security of knowing we will have help when we need it. Most of us would have to admit that sometimes we’re ‘up’ and sometimes we get ‘down’. If we are in relationship, there is the ability to help lift the weaker member back up when those occasions happen. While none of us really want to be in a place of dependence on others, it is a great source of security to know that when the inevitable happens, we are not alone.
No one is fully equipped to survive much less thrive by themselves. Our own weaknesses, blind spots, limited capabilities and lack of experience point to one thing; our need for “togetherness”.
One great picture of how this works comes from the flight of geese. Geese will fly in the V shaped formation with the lead goose breaking the wind, and the others following in the wake. The lead position, however, is passed from one to the other, as they each take a turn. When one becomes tired it will fall back in formation and the next bird is ready to pick up the weight of the leadership responsibility.
“IF TWO LIE DOWN TOGETHER, THEY WILL KEEP WARM” – “Togetherness” provides shared resources.
“TWO CAN WITHSTAND HIM”– “Togetherness” provides protection and encouragement during times of opposition. “one can chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight”. (Lev. 26:8; & Deut. 32:30)
“A THREEFOLD CORD IS NOT QUICKLY BROKEN” – We are stronger together than any of the individual parts by themselves. It is a scientific fact that as folds of a rope are added, the strength of the rope increases exponentially.
One minister put it this way; the highest mark of maturity in the Body of Christ is not how many Scriptures you know, how many miracles you can do or how many people you have prayed for and healed; but rather, how able you are to get along with others. Consequently, it is our quest for unity and “togetherness” that will put to the test our level of maturity as followers of Jesus.
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