Two by Two

When Jesus sent the disciples out to preach, He sent them out in pairs (Mark 6:7-12). As someone who enjoys working by himself, I must admit that I feel more comfortable working alone. However, there must have been a good reason for Jesus to send them out in pairs.

Consider what J. C. Ryle says about this idea.

“There can be no doubt that this fact is meant to teach us the advantages of Christian company to all who work for Christ. The wise man had good reason for saying, ‘Two are better than one.’ (Eccles. iv. 9.) Two men together will do more work than two men singly. They will help one another in judgment, and commit fewer mistakes. They will aid one another in difficulties, and less often fail of success. They will stir one another up when tempted to idleness, and less often relapse into indolence and indifference. They will comfort one another in times of trial, and be less often cast down. ‘Woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.’ (Eccles. iv. 11.) … It is difficult to avoid the conclusion, that if the rule of going forth ‘two and two’ had been more strictly observed, the missionary field would have yielded larger results than it has.”

– J. C. Ryle, Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Volume One, Matthew – Mark, p. 113.

It is definitely something to consider. And as a side note, there is also great benefit to being part of a church family. As we all know, we are commanded not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Heb. 10:25) because we need to be exhorted, challenged, and spurred on toward faithfulness. That is God’s design … and His command. So, let me ask you a question. Will you be with God’s people tomorrow? You are welcome to visit with us.

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