You’ve seen it before—it usually comes at crunch time, when the going gets tough and time is ticking. It’s unity. It’s solidarity. It’s cohesion. It’s symbolic of effort, hard work, and determination. If you’re emotionally engaged, it could even bring a tear to your eye. It’s the ultimate demonstration of “team.”
So…what is it? Sports teams that link their arms together as a sign of unanimity. They stand or sit side-by-side and literally lock their arms together. By linking arms they show their support, rally the troops, and give it all they’ve got by cheering and encouraging, all fighting together for a victory. Whether they’re on the court/field, or on the sidelines, they have a common goal and they collectively band together to triumph. No matter if they’re a starter or 3rd string, they all assist in the victory. They’re a team…and this is what teams do.
There’s a similar picture in the Old Testament regarding David and the Israelites. In 1 Chronicles 11, the elders came to David and anointed him king over Israel. He captured Jerusalem, built up the city, and became more and more powerful because God was with him. Verse 10 is where it gets cool. It’s talking about the guys who joined David’s “team.”
“These are the chiefs of David’s Mighty Men, the ones who linked arms with him as he took up his kingship, with all Israel joining in, helping him become king in just the way God had spoken regarding Israel” (1 Chronicles 11:10, MSG). Did you catch it? These chiefs—these “mighty men”—linked arms with David helping him become king. In other words “they gave him strong support.” These guys rallied, they fought, they banded together, they gave it all they had for one common purpose—to help David become king and keep his kingdom strong. They helped him. They supported him. They linked arms with him.
I love this display of unity. I love this picture of “team.” The way I see it we spend far too much time tearing each other down rather than building each other up. We criticize, judge, find faults, jeer, make fun of, and undermine the work and talents of others. Unfortunately in our jobs, families, churches, and schools we build walls between each other rather than linking arms with one another.
So, here’s my challenge for you this week: Who do you need to link arms with today? Who do you need to rally around in order to show support? Who do you need to cheer on, encourage, and fight together with to attain victory?
David’s mighty men did this very thing. Could it be that it is your time to rise up, be mighty, and link arms with someone today?