You’ve heard all of them.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!Psalm 133:1
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.Proverbs 27:17
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10:24-25
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.Matthew 18:20
This doesn’t even include 1 Corinthians 12 where Paul talks about the body of Christ and each of our parts in it. He does the same thing in Ephesians 4.
Over and over in Scripture, God sends people together whether as couples (Abraham and Sarah), general family (Moses and Aaron, Ruth and Naomi, or Esther and Mordecai), or friends and confidants (David and Samuel/Nathan, the disciples, or Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego).
Why would the Lord talk so much about unity, the body of Christ, and going together?
This is my thought:
On the sidewalk the other day, my family was walking much like we always do – in a formation that looks much like an amoeba. Daddy usually takes the lead because he walks fastest. I usually take the rear because I like to be able to see the kids. The kids randomly walk somewhere in between, sometimes hanging with dad, sometimes with me, sometimes with each other, and sometimes on their own. We are an amoeba.
The other day, though, my kids wanted us to walk all together. They would have been happy if we were holding hands. When we walk side-by-side like that, whether down a sidewalk or through the mall, we become a force to be dealt with. People coming toward us go around. Folks coming from behind just stay there because going around is hard and no one wants to cut through the middle. It’s like a wall in the middle of a walkway.
We are a force.
When the Lord has us as Christians walk TOGETHER we too become a force.
I have worked with many teams. Going the same direction and going the same direction TOGETHER are not the same. We all may very well arrive at the right destination, but it’s not the same.
Who helps when I get weary or hurt? What if I need help getting over something? What if I just need that extra push? How do I serve if there’s no one around?
We need to go together. We have to go together.
When as believers, we walk as an amoeba we may go the same direction, but oh the power when we instead GO TOGETHER.
Who has God put in your world? What body of believers have you plugged into where you are?
Join hands and hearts and GO TOGETHER.
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