There are certain things you just can't do alone. A three legged race doesn't work alone. A relay race doesn't either. You can't do tag-team wrestling by yourself. And you can't throw a touchdown to yourself. You need a partner or a team.
Jesus knew that if we were going to be successful in accomplishing the mission he was giving us (to make disciples), we would need each other. In Matthew 6 Jesus sends out his disciples to preach, drive out demons and heal people; but he doesn't send them out alone. He sends them out in pairs. This is for safety, but also for teamwork and encouragement. If one is having a bad day, the other can cheer them up. If one is weak, the other can be strong. If one is struggling, the other can step in. They can help each other, lean on each other and support each other. Jesus sends them out 2x2...just like God sent the animals to the ark, Jesus sends his disciples into the world.
We still need each other. Husbands and wives need each other. Families need each other. And churches need each other. We support one another and help each other fulfill the mission. We are stronger together and can do more together. If we try to do it alone, we are likely to fail, burn out, be discouraged, become weary and quit.
Is there someone in your life who needs encouragement? Is there someone in our church you can support? Can you lend a hand?
Or do you need support? If so, I encourage you to be vulnerable and tell someone. If nobody knows you need help they may not see it. Tell a friend or fellow church member (or pastor) and ask for prayer, support and love.
We are stronger together. We can accomplish this mission together with God's help.