12th February 2017

Two Are Better Than One 

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no-one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:12-13 (NIV UK)

Recently, a photograph surfaced online that showed an early version of Sony’s PlayStation game system. To me, it just looked like an old cable box. But when I looked closer, I saw that this version had both a cartridge slot as well as a CD-ROM. But what really caught my eye was Nintendo’s logo prominently displayed across the controllers. I had to stop and ask—how could these two video game titans have worked together? Wouldn’t this collaboration give one an advantage over the other? It was that thought that led me back to the scriptures.

In the Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: 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…Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12).

We know that from the beginning we were created for relationship with God and the rest of his creation. But sometimes we fear that co-operation might undermine our success. Whatever we accomplish should be achieved on our own. But we know this isn’t right.

Over the last few years, I’ve seen some amazing growth in our churches around the world. And I’ve also observed that often this growth has been due in large part to the spirit of collaboration our members have. It has been said more than once that we give “relational theology” a whole new definition! And I can’t agree more. Many of our churches have found that thoughtful partnering with other churches, service groups or community organisations has enabled them to participate more fully in the work that Christ is doing around them. And I think they’re finding out that, as the Bible also says, “iron sharpens iron.”

Nintendo and PlayStation haven’t engaged in much collaboration lately. Both are still vying for dominance in the multi-billion-dollar video game marketplace. But I know at WCG/GCI, we’re ready, willing and able to seek out Christ and join with those he has woven into his divine life to accomplish his redemptive work.

Heavenly Father, you promised never to leave us as orphans, but in addition to this, we need to work with each other. The lone Christian is often unable to accomplish much; but together with others we can do so much more. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach


About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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