Do it Together

The old story of the British chieftain is to the point here. The Romans had invaded Britain and the chiefs of the tribes were gathered in council. Each had a different plan, and each was determined to go his own way. At last an elderly chieftain arose. Picking up a bunch of sticks he handed each man a stick. “Break them,” he directed. Each broke the stick with ease.

Then he took an equal number of sticks and tied them together into a bundle. “Now try to break them!” he told them. Not even the strongest man could do it. “That,” he pointed out, “is the difference between working separately and working together as one.”

What has this to do with us as a local church? Religion is derived from the old Latin religio. It means “to bind together.” That is the purpose of this congregation at Valley Station — to bind people together in Christ — not to separate or develop factions. Our purpose is to work together as one.

Do each of us want happiness? Do we want satisfaction? Do we desire contentment and blessings? We all do. The surest source of all these is in Christ as members of his spiritual body. I want my family to enjoy these things with me. I want my neighbors and acquaintances to enjoy these things with me. I therefore will appeal to them to become Christians and members of Jesus Christ.

One lesson we need to always remember is the joy that comes from working together as Christians with common cause. It is the greatest joy, the epitome of satisfaction, the ultimate contentment to know the Lord would say to us, “Well done.” The blessings from the Lord come to us as we surrender our wills to his and know that the work he asks us to do is never a burden. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3).

Let each of us remember the words of Jesus, “where two or three are gathered together, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 20:28). To become a Christian is good, but not enough. Be coming a Christian who is bound to others is also necessary. So, think of sticks, bundles, and chieftains, think of the task before us, and be part of the whole congregation. You’ll always be glad you did.

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