Every time a great group of individual players come together on the same team, fans and commentators raise the question of synergy. Will the players be able to play well together? Will there be chemistry?
As a Heat fan, I desire synergy from Lebron, Wade, and Bosh, but my hope is that the new Lakers players (Nash and Howard) will lack synergy with Kobe and Gasol and play haphazardly without chemistry. The reason people ask the synergy question is simply because synergy makes a massive impact.
Synergy is both a beautiful word and a compelling concept. Through synergy, a team can become greater than the sum of its parts. With synergy, 1+1+1 equals much more than three. A team with amazing synergy can overcome a more talented team who has not yet mastered playing together.
In the well-known verse, Romans 8:28, when the apostle Paul promises that God works all things together for the good of those who love the Lord, the word he uses for works is the word “sunergeo.” Synergy.
God synergistically works all things together for the good of those whom He loves. He is able to take seemingly unrelated events, circumstances, and people to synergistically weave them together for the good of His own, for the sanctification of those who are called according to His purpose. And because He longs for His own to be conformed to His image, with great wisdom and love, He pulls all the pieces together for a greater purpose.
Sunergeo is a deeply encouraging word in Romans 8:28. In the middle of pain, chaos, doubt, and frustration – God is still synergistically at work for our good and His glory.