This post is a continuation of the Left-hand Lessons.
Most obvious of the lessons learned during my temporary disability is that two hands are better than one. If one can do the job, two can do it with more skill, precision, and style.
The spiritual application is obvious, too. When God’s people band together, working in a united effort, their work proceeds with more skill, more precision, and more style than one person working alone. The only catch is that they must be doing His work, not their own. Busy hands are not necessarily a good thing—just ask the people who started to build the tower of Babel. (You would get their answers in several languages.) God actively frustrated their efforts because they were in direct opposition to His will; they were trying to build something that would anchor all men in one place, but God’s will was that they should spread out and fill the earth. (See Genesis 9:1)
Dare I say – handle with prayer? (Pun intended.) The hands of the church must stay connected with the head of the church. Christ’s direction is essential to doing His work. When we step outside His will, we’re doing our own thing. Instead of bringing Him glory, we become glory seekers. Instead of sharing His good news, we mute the message. Never doubt, the world in which we minister can spot the phony in a heartbeat. Just because unbelievers ignore and deny God does not mean they don’t know the difference between the church acting within the will of God and the church acting outside His will. There’s few things unbelievers hate more than hypocrisy.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17