Two Are Better Than One:
“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
Today, I want to talk to you about the importance of fellowship. We encourage all of the members of our church family to be involved in a small group where they can love and be loved, to care for others and be cared for. Why?
In Genesis 2:18, the Lord said, “It is not good that man should be alone.” In other words, God never intended us to go through life all by ourselves. If you read through the Books of the Law (the first five books of the Old Testament), you‘ll see that God has a special love for the strangers, the widows, and the fatherless. He says, “You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child.” (Exodus 22:22). “He (the Lord) administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.” (Deut. 10:18). What is He saying here? The Lord is deeply concerned about and compassionate for people who are alone – the fatherless, who have no dad – the widows, who have no husband – and the strangers, who don’t have anyone. God doesn’t want you to be lonely. Psalm 68:10 says, “God sets the solitary in families.” So the encouraging word for today is God doesn’t want you to be alone or lonely. When you became a Christian, He adopted you into His family. Not only is God your Heavenly Father, but all Christians have become your brothers and sisters in Him.
Now let’s go to our Scripture verse in Ecclesiastes. King Solomon said that two people together are better than one person alone. Why? Because if you’re alone and you fall, you won’t have anyone to help you up. Now, he’s not just speaking physically here, like when you trip and stub your toe, and fall down to the ground. He’s also speaking spiritually. If you fall spiritually – backslide, sin, rebel – if you don’t have a small group of other believers that you meet with on a regular basis, you could continue falling until you hit rock bottom. But, if you have a small group fellowship that you are a part of, then they can usually see when you’re starting to fall, and pull you up before it’s too late. King Solomon says that the reason two are better than one is because if one of them falls, the other will help him up. He finishes off by saying that one can be easily defeated by an enemy, but two can hold him off, and a threefold cord is not quickly or easily broken. Who is that third person? I believe it’s Jesus.
Jesus said in Matthew 18:19, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” So when you and other believers come together in Jesus’ name, He meets with you there, and there’s safety and power in that place of fellowship and unity. I want to encourage you today – if you don’t have a small group of believers that you meet with on a regular basis – get connected. The Bible says that our enemy “the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:7). And you know the first person he’s going to come looking for? Someone who’s alone. The old adage is true – there is strength in numbers. Get involved in fellowship with other believers today.
Pastor Chris Jordan