Two Are Better Than One - Wednesday August 27, 2014
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. Ecclesiastes 4:9
The habit of being focused on our own desires to the exclusion of others leads to isolation. All selfish individualism leads to that place-and our culture encourages it! "Indulge yourself"; "It's all about you"; "Demand the treatment you deserve!" are common expressions. All of us can be consumed by achieving our own goals without concern for others. But isolation is an unhappy destination.
God has designed us to unite together in a work which is eternally significant. To achieve this work we have to submit to living and working closely together. Togetherness is risky, difficult, and death to your independence. But love always tends toward sharing in community. And there are rewards! For example: productivity, the unique witness of unity in Christ, and the joy shared when a team wins a victory. Comfort is another reward: bearing one another's burdens allows us to ask for help when we need to and also support others when they need us. A third reward is protection. We all have sin tendencies, there is an enemy prowling about, and the current of our culture runs deeply against God. Living in community protects us against these evils.
So ask yourself these questions: Is your life basically more about yourself or about others? Do you give others the chance to know you deeply and speak truth into your life? Do you welcome accountability in your life? Would people characterize you as being receptive to the input of others? If you don't need to unite with others to pursue your greatest dream, then your dream is too small!
Cornerstone Community Church
Overland Park, Kansas
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2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11
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