Two are Better than One
“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
My wife and I work out at Anytime Fitness! Keeping up with a growing church and two college-aged boys requires us to be in good shape. While doing my normal workout, I couldn’t help but notice the trainer next to me spotting a gentleman on the bench press. The trainer intentionally positioned his hands just under the bar to help the man in the event that the weight became too much for him to handle. That’s worth thinking about. What if he tried to lift the load all by himself with no one to help? Sometimes life can be heavy and too much to lift.
Solomon, who was the wisest man that ever lived, said two are better than one because you have someone to help carry the load when it get’s too much to bear. It sounds simple, but how many times do we attempt things all alone? Life is meant for community and not isolation. A recent survey from Barna indicated that people today are living more isolated and separate lives. Relationships are at the core of the Christian faith and the most important part of being a follower of Christ. Jesus summed up the Bible by telling us to love God and love others with all our heart, mind, and strength.
Two are better than one but three are even better than two. Including Christ in every relationship makes it stronger, durable and not easily broken. To include Christ means to make him the focused priority of your relationships and to depend upon him for everything. Life and relationships break apart easily when we don’t include Christ. We have all seen and even experienced the pain and loss of broken relationships. So remember today to involve Christ in every relationship to ensure that it will last forever.
At Bridgewood Church, Life Groups are critically important to building community. Being a part of a Life Group keeps you from being alone and isolated and ensures that you have people around you if life gets to heavy to lift. Don’t let anything keep you from being connected to Christ and others. It’s essential in these last days that we are together and not alone. Jesus made his followers the promise that He is always with us and will never leave us alone. God’s abiding presence is proof that two are always better than one. If you’re not part of a Life Group, can I encourage you to take the first action step and get signed up today? Life is better with others!
Heavenly Father, thank you for relationships and community. You never leave me alone or isolated. I cast all my cares on you because You care for me. Help me to include You in every relationship that I have. I’m grateful for the people that You have placed around me to bring me encouragement and support.