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No Man is an Island

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 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.”

There is strength in numbers. More is accomplished when we are together than just one person trying it alone. Working as a team helps us appreciate each other’s contribution, we learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses and we grow together in our victories and failures.

‘No man is an island.’ God did not make our journey through life alone. He made us people of relationship. We can only grow in the context of relationships. The relationship gives us the right access to each other. No one can thrive in isolation, either spiritually, mentally, physically, or emotionally. A time will come when you will need someone’s hands to lift you up when you are down. We are human beings with our own frailties. We need each other because we can only achieve great things together and we can cover each other’s backs as well.

Jesus prayed for His followers to be united as one, just as He and the Father were one (John 17:21). This sort of unity and cooperation in the body of Christ binds believers together “in perfect harmony” (Colossians 3:12–14,), allowing God’s love to be “brought to full expression in us” (1 John 4:12). The body of Christ is stronger and more protected as we care for one another through adversity and celebrate life’s victories together. As we work together and walk together in the strength of unity, we accomplish more for God’s kingdom (John 13:35).

When Solomon said, “Two are better than one,” he acknowledged that true, godly friends are a comfort in need, a help in trouble, a companion in toil, and a protective guard against danger.

Learn to appreciate the company of each other because like it or not, one day you will need a friend’s hands to lift you up.



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