Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV
The Western worldview tends to be very individualistic and this often translates into Kingdom work as we seek to personally carry out God’s calling and ministry. It would seem that the NT pattern is for a leader and a team of gifted, talented people, all aligned and serving together to accomplish their God-given mission.
But in a recent study I was struck by the number of times God sends pairs of people instead of individuals to accomplish various tasks. Yes, there certainly are many individuals sent by Him – OT prophets, Nehemiah, Esther, Phillip, and others. But look at the following list of pairs used by Him.
- Married couples – Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Joseph and Mary, Aquila and Priscilla
- OT Leadership Pairs – Moses and Aaron, Moses and Joshua, David and Jonathan, Elijah and Elisha
- NT Leadership Pairs – The Twelve sent out in pairs, The 72 sent out in pairs, a pair of disciples sent to collect a donkey for the entry into Jerusalem, a pair of disciples sent to prepare the upper room, Barnabas and Saul set apart by the Holy Spirit for ministry to the Gentiles, Barnabas and John Mark, Paul and Silas for the second missionary tour, Peter and John sent to Samaria to investigate their faith, Judas and Silas sent to Antioch to convey the message of the Jerusalem council meeting
- Heavenly Pairs – Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus at the Transfiguration, two angels appear in the tomb on resurrection morning, two angels appear on the Mt. of Olives at the Ascension
There are certainly a lot of these pairs who the Lord used to carry out His purposes. Some were married, some were mentors-mentees, and some were co-workers. All were used to further the Kingdom and His work.
Perhaps the Lord will give you someone who will come alongside of you and together you will do great things for Him. It may be a life partner, it may be someone you are discipling, or it may be a co-laborer whom the Lord calls you both to serve together.
You can mutually encourage, challenge, and help one another as you serve in pairs. Not all needs to be done alone or individually. Look for that like-hearted one you can serve with!