Stephen Covey, in
his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, says:
“Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality. Independent people who do not have the maturity to think and act interdependently may be good individual producers, but they won’t be good leaders or team players. They’re not coming from the paradigm of interdependence necessary to succeed in marriage, family, or organizational reality.”
Moses depended on Aaron being a fluent speaker to communicate to Pharaoh and the Israelites what Moses got from the Lord (Exodus 4:30). From that time on Aaron became the mouthpiece of Moses. Moses knew his limitation and pleaded with Lord to send anyone else (Exodus 4:13), and the Lord sent him to help instead – a spokesman.
If you are going to move forward in your personal life/ministry and enter into the place of fruitfulness and effectiveness that God has for you, then we are going to have to rid ourselves of an independent spirit and embrace the supremacy of Interdependence.
If your ministry is going to move forward to a new level, and experience the level of effectiveness that God intends for it to function in, then it will have to rid itself of an independent spirit and embrace the supremacy of Interdependence. There are no limits to what we can accomplish for God if we understand and embrace The Supremacy of Interdependence.
Interdependence is NOT the same as independence. Independence means “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid from others”. While this sounds good at face value, the truth is that one day you will look around and discover that you are all alone – that you do not have any support, any help or anyone around you to lift you up, to encourage you or to work with you – and it’s then that you realize just how small and inadequate you really are. God never intended any of us to be this way.
Paul asks, “Are all apostles? Are all teachers? Are all prophets? That is why we must depend on one another to advance the kingdom of God and to progress in our circular jobs.
Everyone has been given specific gifts from God to serve in some capacity. I don’t have every gift. You don’t have every gift. But I do have some God-Given gifts, and so do you! The Apostle Peter says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
Interdependence is not about “doing your own thing”. It’s about coming together to accomplish something much bigger than what you could ever do on your own. Genesis 11:4-8 is a great story of a group of people that were dependent on each other to accomplish their mission. God said of them, “… nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.”
I don’t have to carry it all, and neither do you. But, each of us is expected by God to do his part.
Written by Edwin Majam~ The National Secretary, Navigators Nigeria