After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Luke 10:1-2 NIV
Togetherness. Somewhere in the depths of our core, we need other people. Now, I know what some of you are thinking. "Josh," you say, "I'm pretty happy all by myself. I don't think I actually need anyone else." In response, I would ask you to remove every influence of other people from your life. No books to read, no television to watch. No clothes unless you grew the cotton and sewed them yourself, on a loom you created and built. Ridiculous yet?
We need other people in our lives. Even the way we think is influenced by the way we communicate with those around us. Ask yourself a question. Did you answer in a sentence? Why? Because we're hard wired for communication and for relationships. The good news is this: we're stronger together.
When there's a task that we dread, simply having someone else working along side can make it a much easier proposition. Mound of greasy dishes to be washed? Ask someone to help dry and put away, and out of the blue the job gets done. Some things we simply can't do by ourselves. Vocal harmony is a beautiful thing. Two or more voices taking a melody and embellishing it is moving in a way that solo singing could never be. We're stronger together.
The body of Christ is much the same. Billy Graham is one of the most renowned evangelists of modern America. Thanks to the Billy Graham crusades, millions of people have professed faith in Jesus Christ as their savior and lord. And yet, Dr. Graham was not alone in these endeavors. Countless volunteers labored behind the scenes, providing venues, materials, access, and support on many levels. The crusades were effective and powerful, because the Body of Christ is stronger together.
When Jesus sent his disciples out, he didn't send them alone on a Herculean task. He sent them in pairs, to work together to further God's Kingdom on Earth. He encouraged them to ask for more workers to be sent from the Heavenly Father. The task of harvest was to be undertaken in unity, because they were stronger together.
Lamar Baptist Church is a diverse church, where people of different backgrounds can come together and worship the One True God. This Sunday, March 26th, is our quarterly Unity Service, where our bilingual congregations will gather together as one body. I hope you'll come and be a part of it; bringing your heart, your passion, your joy, your sorrow, and your worship. Come and be a part, because we're stronger together.