2011-11-23 - Two Kind People
While I was recently driving in a shopping center ramp during rush hour, I tried to let someone out, someone who had waited a long time to turn left. But since the ramp is four-laned, as the oldies song said, "it takes two ." © 1 It would only work if there were two kind people - if a 2nd driver would also let them out. Finally someone did.
I thought, "the Christian life is much like that." As many people have said through the years, we aren't meant to be "Lone Rangers"™ in our faith. God gives us fellow Christians (often in the local church) to walk with us. The New Testament is replete with "one anothers." Just to name a few, there are Romans 13:8 - which tells us to love one another, Galatians 5:12 which reminds us we are to live a life of service to one another, and Ephesians 5:19, which speaks of worshipping with one another.
While many bemoan the selfishness of today's world (and sometimes rightfully so), we can also lean too far in the opposite direction. Sometimes - for those of us who are used to being the supporters, the leaders, the counselors it's hard to be the part of the "one another" that accepts someone else's ministry. We need to learn to both give and take, with one another. And if we all follow Romans 13:8, then everything else will fall into place. Don't try to do it alone, and if you see someone else who looks like they could use a friend, try to be a "one another" for that person.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (The Message) By yourself you're unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn't easily snapped.