The writer of Ecclesiastes paints a powerful picture of team with the words, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Eccl. 4:12)
Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “Two are better than one if two act as one.” When there is no selfish desire, team wins a larger victory, bigger than one. If a team is driven by individual goals, it will end with splinters and fragments of what could have been more.
A community of Jesus followers who operate on surface individual desires will not thrive. But there is something beautiful about people who are woven together with Jesus in the center of their friendship. Paul put it this way, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” (Phil. 2:4) We are more than conquerors when Jesus is the one holding us together!