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The Collaboration Effect - Joy #1

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The book of Philippians is Paul’s epistle of joy. Even though he was in jail, his letter radiates joy. Joy is not a product of your circumstances. Joy is a choice. Joy is something that comes from God.

There are principles and insights that can help us with our joy factor in Philippians 1:1-8.

The Philippian church had collaborated with Paul in the ministry God had given him.

Collaboration is essential for fulfilling the purpose of God for our lives. No one can fulfill their destiny alone.

1. Collaboration is God’s way of doing things

God said it was not good for Adam to be alone so He created Eve. Jesus sent his disciples out two by two. Jesus had his team of apostles to work with him. God has partners for you to collaborate with to fulfill the call on your life.

2. Collaborate with what God is doing

Paul starts off his letter with a prayer for his collaborators. His prayer is birthed out of a confidence that God is at work in their lives. He is not asking for God to do something, he is tapping into what God is doing and partnering his prayer with that.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:6

3. Collaborators are not policemen, they are partners

Your joy factor will grow immensely when you realize it is not your job to change people. This is a good attitude to have toward the people God partners you with. God started a work in them and He will finish it.

4. Collaborators stay connected in heart

For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. -Philippians 1:7

Choose to stay connected in your heart to your collaborators. Stay in touch with the heart issues of your spouse, your kids, your partners at work and others. Keep your heart connected with the church.

5. Share the hard times with your collaborators

For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. - Philippians 1:7

Loyalty is tested by adversity and that is when you find out who your friends are. A collaboration that has endured hard times is stronger than a collaboration that has just been in the good times. Persevering through a hard time can cement something in your relationship.

6. Get the heart of God for your collaborators

For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. -Philippians 1:8

Paul had the affection of Jesus for his collaborators. Your patience may run thin at times, but plug into the heart of God for your collaborators.

Find the people that God is calling you to collaborate with, and watch your world grow and expand through those partnerships!

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