By: Donald Rulo
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 KJV
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
All of you here are here for a reason, for a specific purpose that God has created you for. Everyone has something unique to do, a path created just for them. Although we all have different journeys, we all have roles that all members of the church have; obey the 10 commandments: you know, don’t kill people, win souls, show love, all of that good stuff. But I’m going to focus a little more on our role to help edify each other and the church.
Before Eve, God tried to give Adam a companion through the animals. He brought all the animals to him and he named them but he couldn’t find a companion right for him. So God caused Adam to sleep and while he was asleep, He took one of his ribs and from it, He made Eve, a human just like him, in his own image.
With that story, I can’t help but think of God creating the angels. He was trying to find a companion but something just wasn’t right. So He created man, in His own image for a companion. God saw it and was glad. He loved His creation so much that He came down to the earth and walked through the Garden with them everyday, His perfect companion.
God did not create us to be alone. He created all of us to be an influence on each other’s lives and help each other get through life’s trials.
We can’t rely on ourselves when the hard times come. Not all the trials that we go through can be won on our own. God gave us friends and a family to confide in. He is also there to talk to but some battles can’t be won just between you and God. The challenges of this life are too much to handle alone. God places certain people in your life for a reason. Every individual in your life is there for a reason. There are some issues that you just can’t keep to yourself. There are some issues that you can’t fight alone. There are some issues that rise up in our lives and we think we can handle it and we keep it to ourselves and battle it with our own strength that eventually fails us. Next thing we know we have a stronghold on our life that can’t be shaken without fasting, the interceding prayer of an elder or just a great move of God.
Your mind is the devils playground. He doesn’t want you taking your problems to other saints. He wants you to always be on the defense against your friends and family, to hide away and not seek help as you slowly self destruct. Whether the issue is depression, anxiety, fear, sadness, or countless other issues, God has placed people in your life to help. Whether it is your pastor, your parents or siblings, youth pastor, friends, or saints in the church, if you come together with them and call on the name of God and allow him to work in the situation then nothing can stand against you.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
When I read that I think of Paul and Silas. And when they were on the journey they came across a women possessed with a spirit of divination, that helped her tell the future. This brought her master alot of money.
And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Even when they were thrown in the prison, Paul and Silas came together and prayed and sang praise to God. They knew that where two or three are gathered together in His name, then God is there with them. It wasn’t just their praise that freed them but it was their unity. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a prison cell or a sanctuary, if you are unified in His name, anything is possible.
But trails still happen. We will still have moments in the valley. But we are not alone in those times. Paul and Silas was doing what God had told them and they were doing great things and that is when the devil stepped in. He tried to break the faith and lower morale. But he made a mistake by not separating them. So they weren’t alone and were able to be unified.
That passage goes on to say how the guard had awaken from his sleep, and he seen that the prison doors were open. And he pulled out his sword to kill himself. But Paul and Silas told him not to. They told him they were still there. They saw someone in need and didn’t let him just go ahead and kill himself, but they intervened and went to him and helped. And after this the guard came asking how to be saved and he repented of his sins and gave his life to God. Like Paul and Silas, we need to turn to those we see struggling. We need to give them scriptures and encouragement. It’s one of our roles as members of the church.
The guard seen the amazing things God had done. But at the time he didn’t know that this was all a part of God’s plan. God placed Paul and Silas there for a reason and they were willing to be used by God. And it helped someone that was in need.
We need to be open to allowing ourselves to be used by God, to help in life problems like that. To bind together and seek him for wisdom and guidance because he will never leave us alone or comfortless.
As members of the church, our role is not just to go out and witness to the lost but it is also to edify each other. It’s important for us to go to a brother or sister in need and help them with the best of our abilities. It’s also important to know that you are not alone. You have a church family that supports you to the end. You have people here you can turn to and confide in that you wouldn’t find in the world.