The Importance of Community
Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls because no one is there to help. If two lie down together, they will be warm, but a person alone will not be warm. An enemy might defeat one person, but two people together can defend themselves; a rope that is woven of three strings is hard to break. -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
After God created the first man, He noticed it was not good for him to be alone (Genesis 2:18). So, He created a suitable helper known as a woman for him. Even from the beginning it was not good for people to be alone and that goes for us today. As Christians, God desires for us to be in fellowship with others just like Jesus. Jesus had disciples and people who He spent time with. He ate with them, prayed for them, worshipped with them, and taught them. Jesus was always in fellowship with people.
We also need to be with people. There are benefits for us to be in fellowship with other Christians. God wants us to carry each other’s burdens during our time of need (Galatians 6:2). When we fall down, we have someone there to help us up. When we are cold, we have another person to keep us warm.
During the time when we are alone, we are the most vulnerable. If someone tries to attack us, it is hard to defend ourselves. But if two people are attacked, they have enough strength to defend themselves. Two or more people are better than one. Just like a rope, a rope made with three strings is stronger than a rope made with only one or two strands.
As Christians, we should not abandon or desert the church and its members like some may do. We need each other and find our strength, comfort, and joy in collective worship and service with others in the church (Hebrews 10:25).
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
Your Son is a great example for us to follow. Jesus was in constant fellowship with people. He prayed for people, He ate with sinners, He washed His disciples’ feet, and had communion with them. We want to be like Him and have the opportunity to have fellowship with others. We pray for all people who do not have community with others. Please help them to find someone they can trust to help them in their time of need. Thank you for opening our minds to understand why community is so important for us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!