Hanging Together
 
Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). 
 
 
Dear friends:
 
A British expedition set out to climb Mount Everest in 1953.  Their experience teaches us a valuable lesson.
 
Two in that expedition -- Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay -- were the first to scale this formidable mountain. However, they could not have accomplished the feat without the entire crew, and especially the selflessness of two other climbers.
 
These two climbers had almost reached the summit, but ran out of daylight.  They abandoned their quest, and left their extra oxygen tanks behind for the others.
 
Two days later, Hillary and Norgay reached the peak.
 
But on their return down the mountain, they ran out of oxygen.  If they had not found the tanks left behind, Hillary and Norgay would not have lived.
 
When we work together we can achieve a great goal.  We pride ourselves on being independent and self-sufficient, but this is not how our Father wants us to live our lives.
 
We are part of one spiritual family, which the Bible compares to a body, with many different parts working together, and each one important, but with all parts interdependent.  
 
As members of the body of Christ, our identity has three dimensions.  We each must be distinctive, dependent and directed.
 
1. As distinctive members, we each have a unique, significant role in the body of Christ.
 
2. We are dependent.  We each need the body of Christ and the body of Christ needs the gifts and service of every member.
 
3. Each of us needs to be directed.  We must work together under orderly leadership for the good of the whole.
 
Climbing Mount Everest was a grand goal and accomplishment.  However, the body of Christ has a purpose far more grand.  Christ's purpose for His body is to mature us as believers and to reach the world through us.  We cannot accomplish this alone.  Only by working together in community can we be Christ's body -- His hands and feet -- ministering to the world He loves.
 
Someone has said, "If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately."  That dismal alternative may not be literally true for Christians, but it is true that if we do not hang together, we will be less effective for God and our lives will not be complete.

Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
Bill Bright


The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details

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