Don’t Walk the Journey of Faith Alone
Our summer break has been both refreshing and rejuvenating in every way. Kelly and I are very grateful for the opportunity to pause from our normal responsibilities for a time to connect as a family. We’re also incredibly thankful for a team to keep the ministry going here at Worship Center. We hope you all have had an enjoyable summer as well, and we look forward to seeing you all again!
One of the statements Kelly and I often said to each other this summer is how much we missed our community of people. Being away from it raised the value of it. The local church is one of the primary ways to find a place to belong in a community of faith.
Unfortunately, many people either intentionally or unintentionally do life alone. Some people have a strong inclination for independence, some have allowed the busyness of life to distract them from forming life-giving relationships, and some have tried to find a place to belong, but it resulted in hurt or disappointment. I get it.
When you haven’t found what you’re looking for, it’s tempting to give up.
Clearly, God created us to connect with one another. His desire for you and me is to be obsessively preoccupied with serving His children. Trying to achieve happiness or fulfillment while remaining isolated from others is unproductive, leading to dead ends, disappointment, and inevitable loneliness. The Maker of the universe pronounced, “It is not good for man to be alone.”
Which brings us to the principle of connectivity.
The principle of connectivity is the simple biblical concept that two are better than one.
Solomon, who was one of the wisest kings ever to live and a fellow professional observer, found the principle of connectivity through his observation. In Ecclesiastes, Solomon records his musings about the meaning of life. He notices a solitary, independent man with no relatives, children, or partners to help him in his business. But the man did not seek help because his ambition was to keep all the profit for himself. Yet, it was his business that made him so busy he could not enjoy his profits. His labor was in vain. The Greek philosopher Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” The isolated man never stopped long enough to examine why he was working so hard or to what end.
Solomon’s observation led to this conclusion, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NKJV).
The principle of connectivity reveals that two people working together will accomplish more than one person working alone. When one is weak, the other can be strong. When facing a difficult job, both can encourage each other not to give up. How sad for the one who falls down with no one around to help them back on their feet. Solomon’s conclusion states the power in the principle of connectivity: “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a three strand cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT).
Humans simply do not thrive alone.
This journey of faith is not meant to be walked alone.
Remember, God is for you, and we are too!