Do you think you can do it on your own? Do you think by yourself you are unstoppable? Do you realize the benefits of others? It’s not a matter of if you get stuck, but when you get stuck and you are alone, what will you do? Don’t you realize the benefit of at least having 2? Don’t you realize the benefit if you have 2 with God in the center? Ecclesiastes reminds us and says it this way:
9Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. 10If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. 11If it is cold, two can sleep together and stay warm, but how can you keep warm by yourself 12Two people can resist an attack that would defeat one person alone. A rope made of three cords is hard to break. –from Ecclesiastes 4
The text that goes right before this speaks to the draw back of being alone too.
7I have noticed something else in life that is useless. 8Here is someone who lives alone. He has no son, no brother, yet he is always working, never satisfied with the wealth he has. For whom is he working so hard and denying himself any pleasure? This is useless, too—and a miserable way to live. –from Ecclesiastes 4
So don’t go it alone. Today’s reading actually starts in Luke 10 and what do we see Jesus sending them out in groups of 2.
Jesus Sends Out the Seventy-Two
1After this the Lord chose another seventy-two men and sent them out two by two, to go ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2He said to them, “There is a large harvest, but few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest. 3Go! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. 4Don’t take a purse or a beggar’s bag or shoes; don’t stop to greet anyone on the road. 5Whenever you go into a house, first say, ‘Peace be with this house.’ 6If someone who is peace-loving lives there, let your greeting of peace remain on that person; if not, take back your greeting of peace. 7Stay in that same house, eating and drinking whatever they offer you, for workers should be given their pay. Don’t move around from one house to another. 8Whenever you go into a town and are made welcome, eat what is set before you, 9heal the sick in that town, and say to the people there, ‘The Kingdom of God has come near you.’ 10But whenever you go into a town and are not welcomed, go out in the streets and say, 11‘Even the dust from your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. But remember that the Kingdom of God has come near you!’ 12I assure you that on the Judgment Day God will show more mercy to Sodom than to that town! –from Luke 10
So are you trying to go it alone? In your work? In your ministry? In life? I don’t mean married vs. single, I mean trying to do it all by yourself. If you need someone pray to God for wisdom, divine appointments, direction. Go place where people who have the same belief and trust in God as you are (like the church) and see if there is someone there whom God will bring your way. We were never meant to go it alone! That’s why there are so many references to one another in the Bible. Examples include…
- John 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7, Romans 12:10 speak to loving one another
- Matthew 7:1-5, James 4:11-12, Romans 2:1-3 speak to not judging one another
- Hebrews 3:13, Hebrews 10:24, 1 Corinthians 12:26, Romans 12:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:25, Colossians 3:16 speak to being there for one another
- Colossians 3:13, 1 Timothy 5:8, Galatians 6:2 speak to bearing one another’s burden
It’s because we aren’t supposed to be doing this thing called life alone!
Having others you can call on or call to allows you to find the encouragement no matter the trials and the challenges that you are facing. We see this as we continue today’s reading…
1Finally, we could not bear it any longer. So we decided to stay on alone in Athens 2while we sent Timothy, our brother who works with us for God in preaching the Good News about Christ. We sent him to strengthen you and help your faith, 3so that none of you should turn back because of these persecutions. You yourselves know that such persecutions are part of God’s will for us. 4For while we were still with you, we told you ahead of time that we were going to be persecuted; and as you well know, that is exactly what happened. 5That is why I had to send Timothy. I could not bear it any longer, so I sent him to find out about your faith. Surely it could not be that the Devil had tempted you and all our work had been for nothing! 6Now Timothy has come back, and he has brought us the welcome news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always think well of us and that you want to see us just as much as we want to see you. –from 1 Thessalonians 3
Having someone else even when you have been isolated can provide you updates and encouragement. Having someone else even when you are being attacked brings comfort and hope. Don’t be trying to do this thing called life alone!
So let’s give thanks to God for His Word that never returns void. Let’s give thanks to God who will never leave us nor abandon us. Let’s give thanks to God for this is the day that He has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s praise God and ask Him to complete the work He has started in us!
A Prayer of Thanksgiving1I thank you, Lord, with all my heart;I sing praise to you before the gods.2I face your holy Temple,bow down, and praise your namebecause of your constant love and faithfulness,because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme.3You answered me when I called to you;with your strength you strengthened me.4All the kings in the world will praise you, Lord,because they have heard your promises.5They will sing about what you have doneand about your great glory.6Even though you are so high above,you care for the lowly,and the proud cannot hide from you.7When I am surrounded by troubles,you keep me safe.You oppose my angry enemiesand save me by your power.8You will do everything you have promised;Lord, your love is eternal.Complete the work that you have begun.