Don’t Go Alone
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I had an interesting mountain biking ride Tuesday night with the Twin Valley Mountain Bike Team. It’s the team that my son belongs to and rides with each week. Bike riding can seem very much like an individual sport. When you race, you race as an individual, every man for themselves. Unlike basketball, tennis or football, you don’t need others to enjoy biking. You can accomplish the same goals when you train alone?
So why is there a team? Why do we ride together each week? Why don’t the kids just go practice on their own?
Well besides the obvious answer of teaching and coaching the kids on how to improve in the sport, there is another answer I experienced this week. That answer is to help pick each other up. Tuesday within a 10 minute time period, I helped pick 2 people up who wrecked and had their bikes laying on top of them. One rider was a beginner, the other rider a level 3 coach. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt. But I was glad I could be there to help them get up and get going again.
Our faith journey is similar right? Its an individual journey. We all must walk out our own faith. We all must grow in prayer and devotion to God as we discern his will for our own lives. We all will stand before God and give an account for what we did or did not do. We all must individually ask Christ to be Lord of our lives.
However, we are called to do life together. No one is asked to follow Christ and serve him alone. If anything, Ecclesiastes says we should be pitied if we are alone. “Woe to him who is alone”. Why? Because what happens in moments that we fall? We need someone in our life to help us back up again.
It is difficult to build relationships. It takes time. It takes getting out of your comfort zone. It even takes being embarrassed at times. However, God has required us that we form strong godly relationships.
This Sunday is “Connection Sunday”. We want to invite you to join us in person or on line as we focus on ways we can connect as the body of Christ. We want to encourage you to be a part as we remember we are not called to be alone, but to follow Christ together! Hope to see you there!