“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
You have probably encountered a one-man band at one time or another. These agile musicians play a number of instruments simultaneously using their hands, feet, and limbs. They are entertaining, amusing, and impressive, often sounding like several instruments. But it is still one person and the difference becomes evident when you hear an orchestra play. As Christians, we are not meant to be a one-man band. We all have unique gifts and something magical happens when we all find our part and play together as an orchestra. The challenge is to discover our part in the bigger picture.
In the Ecclesiastes passage above, Solomon lists the advantages of community and working together. In the movie Creed and In these verses, we answer the question-how is two better than one? Solomon is highlighting that when two people work together they accomplish more than if there was only one. Or as we say it today, “two heads are better than one.” When we’re facing a difficult situation, we need each other for support and advice. When you are in a fight, you benefit from different perspectives, insights and experiences. We need others to share the burden with us. Galatians 6:2 says, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
The Bible reveals that God designed people to live in community and fellowship with one another. From the early stages of creation, God said that it was not good for man to live alone. Even in the New Testament, the Bible declares that believers should not forsake meeting together. Mark Twain said; “to get the full value out of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”
The ministries of Jesus and the New Testament church focused in great measure on relationships with people. Paul revealed to his disciples that they had become so dear to him that he not only shared the gospel with them, but he also shared his life with them. The best way to connect with others is to join a small group. If you are not presently a member of a small group, I encourage you to join one and start “doing life together.”
- Why did you say yes or no to a small group? What excites you about joining a small group?
- Why is it important for Christians to be intentional about doing life together?
- In what ways can small groups help you find people in your corner, as well as opportunities to be in the corner of others?