The Reward of Relationship

July 29, 2022

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Robbed or Rewarded?

What comes to mind when you think of independence and self-sufficiency? In some ways, the skills we learn from a reliance on ourselves can serve us in certain contexts. However, is it possible that our lack of relationships may be robbing us of something big? As it turns out, the reward of relationship goes so much further than our isolation can ever take us.

Today’s Bible verses from Ecclesiastes serve as a reminder as to why we so desperately need others. So, let’s take a peek into the words of this wisdom literature from the Old Testament.

Hurting or Healing?

Many things might be stopping us from pursuing community in the ways that we should. Maybe it’s a hectic schedule or the wounds of a previous friendship gone wrong. Sometimes, the wounds we’ve received have even come from our relationships with fellow followers in the faith. But what if your greatest healing could come from the care of the church?

Community is the cure for so much of the pain, isolation, and darkness we are facing. The warmth in the reward of relationship is so often what we need to navigate our hardships. Even more, it’s what helps us to find the perspective, compassion, and grace that we need to continue in our individual fights to keep the faith.

Two are Better Than One

We need relationships in our life that are based off of that which is eternal and unchanging…which can only be found in Christ alone. True meaning is found in the pursuit of Jesus, and real relationships can change the trajectory of our lives as we seek Him in the midst of our greatest struggles.

King Solomon wrote in today’s verses from Ecclesiastes, “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts.” Won’t you enter into the reward of relationship, that you may be lifted up and be able to do the same for a fellow brother or sister in Christ?

Now What?

Is your life more geared toward independence and isolation? Or are you entering into the flourishing that comes from gospel-centered friendship? Take a moment to consider the individuals in your life whom you are able to walk alongside in biblical community. If this doesn’t sound like your current circle of influence, what steps can you take to invest in the body of believers around you?

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