It is humbling and gratifying to read my monthly mission statement that accompanies my paycheck. I review the list of the men and women, churches and businesses that invest their financial resources in our mission, and I am amazed at their benefits of their partnership. I am grateful for the privilege of serving on the National Chi Alpha Field Team with very capable friends and colleagues that inspire me to godly character, servant leadership, and excellent productivity.
Both examples caused me to remember a talk from my mentor, John Maxwell, on the power of partnership. John started with a quote from A.W. Tozer: “God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible – what a pity that we plan only the things we can do by ourselves.” John then listed ten ideas about the power of partnership:
First, partnership unifies for strength. Consider the example of Aaron and Hur in Exodus 17:8-13. Partners work together to support and win the battle.
Second, partnership identifies opportunities. Consider the example of Joshua and Caleb in Numbers 13:1-13, 17-30, and 14:1-8. Partners ignore the critics and cynics and claim the promises of God.
Third, partnership intensifies commitment to one another. Consider the example of Ruth and Naomi in Ruth 1:1-17. Partners commit to journey together and be spiritually linked.
Fourth, partnership purifies motives. Consider the example of David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20. Partners trust unconditionally and take risks unreservedly.
Fifth, partnership solidifies new alliances. Consider the example of Nehemiah and the wall builders in Nehemiah 4. Partners take on daunting tasks and refuse to stop until the work is done.
Sixth, partnership satisfies the heart of God. Consider the example of Mary and Elizabeth in Luke 1:39-56. Partners recognize the presence of the Living God.
Seventh, partnership multiplies the potential of ministry. Consider the example of the Antioch prophets and teachers in Acts 13:1-3. Partners release one another to the work and will of God.
Eighth, partnership clarifies the mission. Consider the example of Paul and Silas in Acts 16:16-34. Partners praise God and see His purposes in adversity.
Ninth, partnership magnifies the best in one another. Consider the example of Paul and Timothy in Philippians 3:19-22, 2 Timothy 1:3-5, 3:10-17, and 4:9. Partners provide value and encouragement to one another.
Tenth, partnership testifies to the community and the world. Consider the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20-21. Partners trust the Lord to work in and through them to accomplish His purposes.
Serve globally. Learn to appreciate your partners in school, work, life, and ministry that add so much to you. Each of us can do something the other cannot. Together, we can do great things.
Love is a verb,
©2019 by Mike Olejarz