Everybody Needs Somebody

Jul 18, 2023

‘Two are better than one.’Ecclesiastes 4:9 KJV

In any game, when a player scores a try or shoots a goal it isn’t a solo effort. One of their team mates won the turnover and another passed them the ball. So the team rightly celebrates the goal/try together.

During 27 years coaching his ten–time USA champion basketball teams, Coach John Wooden would remind his players, ‘It takes ten hands to score a basket.’

His message lines up perfectly with Solomon’s counsel: ‘Two are better than one’! No one realises his or her best potential on their own. God’s Word and life itself teach us that living is designed to be a team sport. In the very beginning, God established this principle: ‘It is not good for the man [or woman] to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’ (Genesis 2:18 NIV)

It was never God’s intention for us to work alone. Loneliness is a killer. Companionship is one of the great joys of life. In Ecclesiastes 4:1–12, Solomon talks about the value of human relationships in a challenging and difficult world. And teacher Philip De Courcy tells us that Biblical wisdom embraces ‘a theology of we’ and ‘rejects a theology of me’ (see Philippians 2:4). To win in life, we need to commit ourselves to:

(a) resisting the ‘go–it–alone’ spirit that often characterises our culture;

(b) cultivating meaningful relationships and learning to treasure our friends;

(c) staying closely connected to the members of the body of Christ;

(d) reaching out to the lonely and the fallen;

(e) and going out of our way to demonstrate the nature of real friendship (see Proverbs 17:17; Hebrews 10:24–25; Luke 10:25–37; John 15:13).

Don’t hack your way through the jungle of life alone. Life shared is life fully lived!

SoulFood: [bible passage="Acts 3:11–5:42, Matt 26:47–56, Ps 123, Pro 16:1" version="esv" heading="H3"]
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