This morning, in our Church service, I used some green garden canes to help make a point.
I had a volunteer join me in front of the congregation and handed him a single stick. I got him to snap it. This wasn’t much of a challenge for him. In a few seconds, one stick became two in his hands. I then got him to put the two sticks side by side and again, snap them. It took a little more effort but, again, it wasn’t exactly a difficult challenge. Two sticks soon became four.
As my volunteer had shown his strength and ability I decided to up the stakes (no pun intended) and handed him a bundle of 50 garden canes. Try as he might, it was impossible for him to break them.
What was the point of this illustration? I was using it to show the truth behind passage from Ecclesiastes that says;
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
(Ecclesiastes 4 vs. 12)
The more sticks we put together, the harder they were to break and, by the time we reached 50 it was impossible to even flex them.
We are stronger, if we stand together.
One of the best things about being a Christian is that I don’t have to be “on my own” anymore. I have a relationship with God which is life transforming and I also have a relationship with those around me in a Church family – the Bible calls this fellowship.
When our fellowship stands together we are able to support each other, help each other, bless each other and we are able to resist the pressure that comes our way.
If I am truthful with you, I really love the Church fellowship that I am involved with. However, being part of a fellowship is not always easy. There are times when relationships are difficult and have to be worked on. There are, equally, times when I am not always easy to get on with.
If you are struggling with Church or not, my advice to you is “stick at it”, it will help you stand!