by Jim Hughes
Eccl. 4:9-10 Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.
I worked in a factory for many years where sometimes I worked alone and at other times I had a partner. I normally was able to get a lot more done working with someone than I did by working alone. Having a partner enabled me to focus on doing well specific tasks rather than trying to do more tasks and not do them as well. When two people work together well, much more can be accomplished than one can do by himself.
Working together enables each worker to help the other when they need it. It encourages each worker to know they are not alone, that someone is always there to help get the job done. The same thing holds true in our spiritual lives. We need to live in partnership with both the Lord and others. When we try to do things on our own, there is no one to help us when we run into trouble.
When we begin to think that we have things under control and start to neglect our relationship with Christ, we soon find ourselves in trouble with God. We let down our guard and sinful attitudes and behavior soon creep in. We begin to not read our Bibles and prayer takes a back seat in our lives. No one can neglect the Lord and make it spiritually. Our greatest need in life is the Lord. We are partners with Him in faith. We will always accomplish more with the Lord in it than we will without Him.
It is also true regarding other believers. We need others in our lives who can help us in our walk of faith and the working out of our faith in the world. Much more will be accomplished for the Lord when we are working in partnership with others. We feed off of others and grow more when we live in relationship with them. There simply is no room for loners in our faith walk.
Don’t get yourself in trouble with the Lord. Surround yourself with His grace and holiness and the fellowship of others. We simply cannot do it alone, no matter how gifted we may be or how well equipped we may be.
About the Author:
Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.
C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.
I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.