Thought- In Africa they have a saying: If you want to go fast, then go alone; if you want to go far, then go together.
Scripture– “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. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:4-8
Insight: In day 31 of learning to apply biblical principles to our daily life, what we are referring to as Practical Christianity, let’s consider what it means to have teammates by our side that help us to stay strong in our faith, encourage us, lift us up and help us to accomplish our goals. I admit it, I am a person who likes to go it alone. I would prefer to work by myself rather than to be part of a team. I like the challenge of self-motivation and being responsible for my own production. But as I have grown older in my faith, I realize that faith is one part of your life that cannot be done in isolation. If so, you will not last long. You need partners alongside you who can lift you up and dust you off, and get you back in the game when you fail. You need teammates that can offer you counsel, wisdom and advice in areas you may be lacking. When I look at the Thought of the Day from above, it makes perfect sense in a practical way when it comes to our Spiritual Journey as Christians. To go far, we will need others alongside us on the race.
As the two scriptures above spell out, there is power in not going it alone. We need partners to help us when we fall, as Ephesians 4:9-10 says, but I especially like how Romans 12:4-8 compares our need for partners on our journey to the various ways our different body parts help us function as one body. We need the skills that a team of people bring that can overcome our shortcomings and fill in our weaknesses. We all have different gifts, which are more powerful together with other gifts than they are by themselves. A body needs both arms and legs, eyes and ears to function at a high level. Take any body part away, and the body doesn’t function properly as it was designed. On our Christian path, we need multiple teammates that together with our skills help us to function at our full potential. We need servers, and preachers, and teachers, and encouragers and givers as Paul says. Without them, we can still function on our own, but not at full capacity. Admitting you have skills that are lacking or asking for someone to help you when you are down, or when you commit a sin is difficult, our pride can still get in the way, but as Ephesians 4:9 “But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” The Christian walk can be difficult, and it can seem impossible at times living in a fallen, secular world. But that is exactly why we have no chance going it alone, We need others to join us, to endure alongside of us if we are going to make it to the finish line.
Prayer: Father God, bring the right people into our path that can help us along our journey, lift us up when we are down, strengthen us when we are weak, and pray for us when we are under attack. We ask for You to bring the right people to be our partners and admit we cannot do this Christian life without a team of fellow believers standing by our side. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!