Years ago, when I was in my late thirties, I had the opportunity to stand with my 5 brothers. The youngest of them had grown into young adults, and there we stood six men. I was taken by the sense of strength I felt as we stood there together. Standing strong alone is admirable, but there is much greater strength when we stand together. For Christians strength in numbers is both physical and spiritual.
Solomon talked about the physical advantage of working together, Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. My friend and I built a wedding arch for his daughter on Sunday afternoon. When he came to my shop, he had a design in mind. As we worked together, the design improved; and we had a great result. The work also went twice as fast. In addition to a good outcome for our labor, we had a lot of fun doing it. If you add in the encouragement of my son and our wives we had a fulfilling experience.
In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus addressed the spiritual advantage. “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” I pray, and my wife prays; but when we pray together there is greater strength in our unity. When we gather together with other believers, God’s presence is felt even more strongly.
I write this blog each week. What I say is usually clear and well punctuated. This would not be so without my wife’s exceptional editing skills. We are better together. Christians, let us join together and fulfill God’s desire that we love each other and work together in unity. Not only will we be more successful, but we’ll have a lot of fun. We really need each other. There is strength in numbers.