Here's pne of the most beautiful ideas expressed in the Psalms:
God settles the solitary in a family (Psalm 68:6).
Although our faith in Jesus is personal - no one can do the believeing for us - we follow Jesus in community. The idea of a self-made man is a foreign concept to the Bible; we need the support and encouragement of others on our spiritual journey.
The Preacher (Solomon) makes this profound observeration:
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Notice these four benefits of spiritual family:
1.Increased productivity: Two are better than one, because they get a good return for their labour (Ecclesiastes 4:9). One person working alone is quite limited; what would church be like if one person led worship, preached, did set up and ran crèche? Pretty miserable. Joined with others, however, we experience a multiplier effect.
2.Increased protection: For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow (Ecclesiastes 4:10). We all have moments of stumble, and we all need someonen to help us when we fall. Together, we help navigate blindspots and avoid pitfalls but have recovery help in times of trouble.
3.Increased passion: Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? (Ecclesiastes 4:11). Spiritual passion dissipates when we are isolated; when we join with others for worship and fellowship, our spirituality intensisty gets moved up.
4.Increased power: And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12). We all face enemies in life - there are spirtual forces of darkness trying to thwart our destiny. Together, we can face the giants and fulfil God's purpose.
So yes - we're better together. This means that we honour God when we embrace with commitment the people God has joined us with. Because we believe God has called us to be a spiritual family, we embrace community, reject the idea of disposable relationships, and choose to walk in love, respect, and unity.
The Jesus dream is of a church filled with so much love that it provokes the world to jealousy (John 13:35). Together, we can experience God's love through each other and share it with a world in need.