by Pastor Jonathan S. Ferriol
Godly partnership is championed throughout the Holy Scriptures. From Eden to end of the last days of the church age, God has always highlighted the significance of the “power of two,” (as I would call it!)
Eccelesiastes 4:9-12 gives us four profound reasons why a partnership founded on mutual trust, commitment and biblical values is the most beneficial and rewarding. Consider:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor because they have a good return for their labor” (v.9).
It is productive. I don’t believe that anybody has a monopoly of all the answers and solutions to all the challenges one face everyday. For instance, no matter how massively talented an athlete is, he would still need a coach or a trainer. A founder or CEO may be the most celebrated figure in a company, but I am absolutely certain that he still employs a secretary that still manages his office or at least, make his coffee!
“If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” (v.10).
It is redemptive. One of the inevitabilities of life is failing. To some it is even a “necessary evil” before one could fully mature as an individual and reach his fullest potentials. But without a shoulder to cry on, a friend, a confidant or a mentor to cheer one up or help you get back up again, then, failure could be a frightening life-ending scenario. But a friend who “sticks closer than a brother” could spell a huge difference! Jesus proved it to his confidant, Apostle Peter, when the Lord’s top lieutenant failed, Jesus was there to pray for him and when it was Peter’s time to be reinstated, our Savior was once again there for Peter to do just that! (Luke 22:31-32, John 21:18-19).
“If two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? (v.11)
It is affirming. I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul, who at the twilight of his career, didn’t ask for much except that Timothy, his son in faith and understudy, to find him and stay close to him (2 Timothy 4:9,21). The blessings of a reliable spouse, friend and a brother/sister in Christ, in times of our fragility and vulnerability, is definitely incomparable to anything. Like a warm blanket, a godly friendship will keep your faith and passion for the Lord from becoming cold.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
It is empowering. A true partner and friend definitely increases our resiliency against hardships and prevents us from easily surrendering against our life’s battles. A biblical and godly counsel from a brother could strengthen our resolve, while the presence of a faithful confidant could also embolden us to proceed with less fear.
Apply the principle of the power of two to see the blessings of God multiplied in your life and service unto Him!