Today let’s talk about strength in numbers. Consider a piece of string. If you pull on each end of it, depending on its size, it may break. But take that same string and wrap two or three more similar strands around it. Then try to break the bundle. You’ll discover that there is much more strength.
Strength in numbers is also very true when it comes to the fellowship we enjoy with the saints.
Jesus said “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them”. (Matt. 18:20) Jesus was referring to the worship we enjoy when gathering together with others who want to worship like we do and do it with us. But we can gather strength when we enjoy fellowship, too.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 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! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Solomon, in all his wisdom, recognized that there is strength in numbers. He also recognized where our strength comes from, the Lord Himself. The writer of Hebrews also summarizes our need to join other believers in worship and in fellowship.
Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Outside of Jesus’ exhortation that we should worship regularly with fellow believers, one of the reasons I enjoy attending church is the fellowship my wife and I enjoy with our friends. There is a lot to be said about listening to a great message in the company of those who believe in Jesus Christ, His shed blood and His salvation plan. And they are the best friends you can have in the world. Consider those with whom you share your Sabbath. These are true brothers and sisters in Christ with whom you can confide. They are the ones with whom you can share your concerns, your trials, your triumphs and your milestones. And, in my church, we even share each other’s dinner tables from time to time!
Christian fellowship – it’s a double blessing. Count your friends as you count your blessings. They may be one in the same.
Devotional message written by Jim Huber