Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott

TWO BY TWO Vol 9 No 26

August 3, 2010

Dear Friend,

There are times we are alone because we choose to be alone.  On the other hand think of the things you have done alone in the last few days in which you could have had someone with you.


Jesus by choice was rarely alone except in his most private moments and he hardly ever sent his disciples to accomplish some task by themselves.  In fact, Jesus typically sent his disciples to work in teams of two.


So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, ‘Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him.’” Mark 14:13*


He sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.”  Luke 19:29a-30


“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two.” Luke 10:1


Whether Jesus sent people on a task to serve the community of faith or to engage in some missional endeavor in the world, he almost always sent them in pairs.


Two people together share vision, encourage each other, and grow as friends.  Think!

What do you do that you could do with another person?  In pairs, doing odd jobs at home?  Working for an employer?  Visiting the sick?  Serving in church and community?


Use the “with-me” principle to invite others to be with you in what you are doing.  It takes a bit of effort, it may take a bit of courage, but it’s worth it!


“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.” Eccl. 4:9


Take someone with you - E. Stanley Ott

Copyright 2010 E. Stanley Ott           

*Scripture from the NIV