10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:10 & 12
The body of Christ is a blessing for many reasons. Let me share a few:
- We do not journey alone. With the struggles and difficulties of life we need the support and encouragement of one another in Christ. We need to know that we do not journey alone, so if one does fall down or gets discouraged that his friend can help him up. Ecclesiastes reminds us we should pity the person who, when they fall has no one the help him up. Perhaps we are to be pitied the most when we have the blessing of the body and choose not to journey together.
- We gather for that which is greater. Scripture reminds us where two or three are gathered in his name that he is there in the midst of them. Gathering together in the name of Christ brings us closer to him and in the process closer to one another. To acknowledge another person as a “brother” or “sister” we must first acknowledge that we have the same Father. Gathering for that which is greater, strengthens the bonds we have as believers.
- There is strength in numbers. There are on “Lone Ranger” Christians. Alone we can be easily tempted and often overpowered, two can defend themselves, but a cord of three (or more) strands is not easily broken. What binds us together is that which also gives us hope, strength, and encouragement in our daily walk.
“Blest be the tie that binds, our hearts in Christian love, the fellowship of kindred minds, is like to that above.”