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.

Ecc. 4:9-10

A great temptation for leaders is to try to fly solo as if there’s some wealth of buried treasure to be unearthed in leading alone.

For the Christian leader, it’s important to remember that we serve a God of community who said it’s not good for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18). Accountability, belonging, and care are just three of the benefits God grants us in the context of healthy relationships, and He graciously sends people our way with whom we can mourn life’s losses and celebrate life’s victories.

The responsibility falls on us, however, to love these person-gifts in a manner that reflects gratitude toward God for their presence in our lives. As the months and years go on, love for one another deepens and the reward of such intimate relationships is that we can look back to laugh and learn from past experiences together and we can look forward to a shared future of pursuing God’s purposes with each other.

  • Who has God sent in years past to encourage and care for you in your walk with Him?
  • Who has God recently sent who shows signs of being one of those trusted friends for years to come?
  • To whom is God sending you to care for and encourage?

Take a moment this weekend, and call or text these three people. The encouragement you send may be just what they need in order to pick themselves up and press on in their work for the Lord.


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